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Author photo. Un des derniers portraits de Marcel Aymé en 1967

Un des derniers portraits de Marcel Aymé en 1967

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Marcel Ayme was one of France's leading humorous writers. He was an insurance broker, bricklayer, journalist, salesman, and then-after 1938-a prolific author. His works are imbued with a sense of the ridiculous, counterbalanced by a satirical eye directed toward all forms of snobbishness or pretension. Ayme's early works were novels including The Green Mare (1933), but during World War II he broadened his range to include the essay and theater. His plays have been hits on the Parisian stage since 1945. His last play La Convention Belzebir (1967), in which permits to kill are sold for large sums, satirizes the absurdities of our world. (Bowker Author Biography)
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From Pushkin Press back inside cover of "The Man Who Walked Through Walls": "Marcel Ayme was born in Joigny, France in 1902. Having first worked as a journalist, Ayme was able to dedicate himself entirely to literature following the success of The Green Mare, a dark satire on sexuality published in 1933. Ayme's ironic, dissillusioned perception of the state of affairs in France following the German occupation and French resistance produced a body of work that is at the forefront of twentieth-century French literature. He died in Paris in 1967."
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