Thursday, 11 March 2010
These are a few of my favourite things
I just wanted to share some discoveries; prompted by a beautifully wrapped parcel that arrived in the post this morning, containing Paul Morand's 'Lewis and Irene', which I'd ordered a few days ago from an antiquarian book sellers in Gloucester City, New Jersey (I love the way the internet brings lost books to light for those who seek them). It's a 1925 first edition, hand-cut pages, and dispatched in pristine white tissue paper, for a very reasonable price ($21) from betweenthecovers.com.
I also want to recommend the Pushkin Press as a publisher of many forgotten treasures, including several of Paul Morand's books, in excellent translations by Euan Cameron. Morand was a friend of Chanel's, a writer and diplomat; a man with a terribly flawed past, who found a way of telling his story (and many others) through the prism of 'Venices'. He has been described, memorably, in the New York Times as 'one of the great nomads of 20th-century French literature, racing through the apocalypse with the haste and glamor of an Orient Express.' Definitely worth reading for anyone intrigued by the shadows of Venice...