14 September 2017

Paris 2017: Cimetière du Montparnasse: #14: Léon-Paul Fargue

Léon-Paul Fargue (1876–1947) was a poet and writer. To freely translate from a paragraph on him in Wikipédia, Fargue usually used free verse, indeed prose, in a language full of tenderness and sadness, on simple, sometimes very funny, subjects, and has sometimes been compared to the photographer Robert Doisneau. He was a Parisian who loved the city (D'après Paris (1932)) and Le Piéton de Paris (1939), and also wrote about oppressive solitude drowned in alcoholic nights (Haute solitude (1941). He was an observer of Parisian society (Refuges and Déjeuners de soleil (1942) and La Lanterne magique (1944).

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