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Boris Vian

1920 - 1959

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Boris Vian (French: [bɔʁis vjɑ̃]; 10 March 1920 – 23 June 1959) was a French polymath: writer, poet, musician, singer, translator, critic, actor, inventor and engineer who is primarily remembered for his novels. Those published under the pseudonym Vernon Sullivan were bizarre parodies of criminal fiction, highly controversial at the time of their release due to their unconventional outlook. Vian's other fiction, published under his real name, featured a highly individual writing style with numerous made-up words, subtle wordplay and surrealistic plots. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Boris Vian has received more than 540,722 page views. His biography is available in 57 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 55 in 2019). Boris Vian is the 474th most popular writer (up from 487th in 2019), the 566th most popular biography from France (down from 549th in 2019) and the 84th most popular French Writer.

Boris Vian is most famous for his novel "L'Écume des jours" (1947), which was translated into English as "Froth on the Daydream" and was made into a film by Michel Gondry in 2001.

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  • 540k

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  • 66.78

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  • 57

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 5.22

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  • 4.49

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among writers, Boris Vian ranks 474 out of 5,755Before him are René Guénon, Wolfram von Eschenbach, Jacques Hébert, Grazia Deledda, William Makepeace Thackeray, and Octavio Paz. After him are Savitribai Phule, Jules Michelet, William S. Burroughs, Nathaniel Hawthorne, D. H. Lawrence, and Statius.

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Among people born in 1920, Boris Vian ranks 23Before him are Gianni Rodari, Zecharia Sitchin, Amália Rodrigues, Juan Antonio Samaranch, Traudl Junge, and Montgomery Clift. After him are Owen Chamberlain, Richard von Weizsäcker, Walter Matthau, Helmut Newton, John Demjanjuk, and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Among people deceased in 1959, Boris Vian ranks 10Before him are Charles Thomson Rees Wilson, George Marshall, Raymond Chandler, Billie Holiday, Owen Willans Richardson, and Gérard Philipe. After him are Heitor Villa-Lobos, Camilo Cienfuegos, Adolf Windaus, Shirō Ishii, Buddy Holly, and Errol Flynn.

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In France

Among people born in France, Boris Vian ranks 566 out of 6,011Before him are Ansgar (801), Jacques Hébert (1757), Marie Tussaud (1761), Gaston Bachelard (1884), Paul Sabatier (1854), and Jean-Jacques Annaud (1943). After him are Jules Michelet (1798), Richard Clayderman (1953), Henrietta Maria of France (1609), Peter the Hermit (1050), Syagrius (430), and Charles-Henri Sanson (1739).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Boris Vian ranks 84Before him are Anaïs Nin (1903), William of Rubruck (1220), Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet (1627), Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux (1636), René Guénon (1886), and Jacques Hébert (1757). After him are Jules Michelet (1798), Gaston Leroux (1868), Alfred de Musset (1810), Charles, Duke of Orléans (1394), Héloïse (1101), and Henri Barbusse (1873).