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Meet the Author - Agnès Poirier - March 23

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Agnès Poirier discusses 'Left Bank, Arts, Passion and the Rebirth of Paris 1940-1950' with American writer and broadcaster Michael Goldfarb.

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'Left Bank, Arts, Passion and The Rebirth of Paris 1940-1950' is an incandescent and authoritative group portrait of some of the twentieth century’s most revered creative minds as they lived, loved, fought, and flourished in Paris during and after World War II.

After the horrors of the Second World War, Paris was the place where the world's 
most original voices of the time came –
 among them Norman Mailer, Miles Davis, Simone de Beauvoir, James Baldwin,
 Juliette Gréco, Alberto Giacometti, Saul Bellow and Arthur Koestler. Fuelled by the elation of the "Libération", they hoped to find an alternative to the Capitalist and Communist models for life, art and politics – a Third Way.

The fertility of the interaction between literature, theatre, anthropology, philosophy, politics and cinema was unrivalled anywhere else in the world at that time, and Paris seemed to be at the heart
 of all that was new and brave and controversial.

Yet what did they achieve, these intellectuals 
in whom so much fierce hope had been placed? Post-war Parisian irresponsibility is as much the focus of Left Bank as political, artistic, moral and sexual incandescence. Agnès Poirier skilfully weaves together a tapestry of images and destinies and the voices clamour from the pages, as fresh, vital and challenging as when they were first raised.

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