Category - Littérature | Books

Salon du Livre... de Paris...

Salon.... du Livre...

de... Paris...

A deluge... of books...

Writers... authors...

Editors... publishers...

"Scénaristes"...

Talented professionals... congregate from all over the world to pay hommage to...

"The... book"...

We were at the "vernissage"... private view... of the Salon du Livre 2014... at the Porte de Versailles exhibition centre... where we proudly mingled with representatives of their "métier"...

"Les hommes... de lettres"...

Prix des Deux Magots 2014...

Prix des Deux Magots... 2014...

It was... a moment...

Of... nostalgia...

Emotions... of expectation...

Where... one would...

Visualise... Sartre...

Sitting... in the corner...

Deep in a... philosophical "débat"...

With... de Beauvoir...

Marie Duplessis.. Mon Dieu.. Quelle Femme...

How... could...

A... semi-illiterate waif...

From... Nonant-le-Pin...

Normandy... France...

Emerge... as the toast...

Of 19th century... Paris...

Who... inspired...

Operas... plays...

Novels... films... ballets...

Marie... Duplessis...

Inspired Alexandre Dumas to write the 1848 novel "La Dame aux Camélias"...

La Bicyclette Bleue... Léa's Courage...

"La... Bicyclette Bleue"...

A... historic novel...

By... Régine Deforges...

Made... into...

A trilogy... for the small screen...

We... watched...

Entranced...

At the unfolding of the horrific action taking place... during the German occupation of France in World War II...

Stéphane Hessel... "Engagez-vous !"...

"La France perd un immense patriote humaniste"...

"Le Monde"... headlined today...

Stéphane Hessel...20 October 1917 - 26 February 2013...

A diplomat...

Ambassador... writer...

Concentration camp survivor...

Former French resistance fighter...

Died in his sleep... aged 95...

Shakespeare & Company... on the Left Bank of Paris...

A... passionate...

Love... affair...

Paris' Left Bank... and literature...

An intimate relationship... that time has not diminished...

Alexandre Dumas'.. "Camille"...

The... snow-white...

Blossom...

With its delicate petals... embedded within its evergreen glossy leaves...

Was staring at me... languidly... limpidly...

I was... awestruck...

It was... back...

My... very own...

"Fleur... de camélia"...

André Malraux... My... Inspiration...

André Malraux...

French... author...

Social... critic...

Flamboyant... statesman...

"L'Esprit Picasso"... à Montmartre

Picasso...

Pablo Picasso...

A painter...

A force of nature...

A typical Spaniard - young, good looking, thin, dark, moody, with hypnotic black eyes.

Brigitte Fontaine... She is an Amazement...

Brigitte Fontaine...

A riveting figure...

Was wearing...

A white kaftan-like robe...

With a black head-dress... worn in the Arabian fashion...

Carine Roitfeld... Irreverent...

Carine Roitfeld...

"Belle de Jour"...

Vogue...

French Vogue's... former editor-in-chief...

Writer...

Gertrude Stein and Family... at the Grand Palais...

Gertrude Stein...

Writer... poet...

Art Collector...

A passion... for Art...

A formidable force...

"L'Esprit Picasso"... à Montmartre

Picasso...

Pablo Picasso...

A painter...

A force of nature...

A typical Spaniard - young, good looking, thin, dark, moody, with hypnotic black eyes.

Ernest Hemingway - A visit to his home... in Paris...

Ernest Hemingway...

"For Whom the Bell Tolls...

It tolls for thee".

Moura Budberg - "Mata Hari" of Russia

We have always been drawn to women in history who were beautiful, sensuous, and mysterious - who seduced and mesmerised men of power, intellect, and prestige.

"Cleopatra" - who famously seduced Anthony, was one - but the seductress who fascinates is... "Mata Hari".

T.E. Lawrence, the "Arabian Knight"

T.E. Lawrence, the Magnificent "Arabian Knight".

A Dedication to Japan: "The 5th Dimension"

New York, New York - it's a wonderful town.  "I want to be a part of it..." - I so do agree with the song, made so famous by Frank Sinatra and later, Liza Minelli.

Bernard-Henri Lévy - A Vision for Peace

It was with great interest, astonishment, amusement, and pleasure watching "BHL" (Bernard-Henri Lévy) engage in a highly theatrical and passionate discourse on recent developments in the Arab world, i.e. Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya, on the Al Jazeera English channel with Riz Khan.

"Café de Flore" - A Legend of the Left Bank

Spring is definitely around the corner, gently nudging away weeks of endless rain.

Karl Lagerfeld and my Armani Hat

The famous "Librairie Galignani", established since 1856 on rue de Rivoli, next to the charming Salon de Thé "Angelina", is one of my favourite "librairies" in Paris.