The Astonished Man


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BLAISE CENDRARS was born Frederic Sauser in 1887 of mixed Swiss-Scottish descent. A 'legendary adventurer', his life in Moscow, Peking, New York and Paris inspired his brilliant, action-packed narratives. The author of more than twenty books, his works have been translated into eleven languages (including Braille). A founder of the modern movement in literature, he inspired poets from John Dos Passos to Patti Smith. He died in Paris in 1961.


'Highly styled, cruel, rude, splendid stuff.' - SUNDAY TIMES 'Exuberant, bizarre, picaresque... the only great modern writer to get his arm blown off in the Foreign Legion.' - GRANTA 'What a writer learns from Cendrars is to follow his nose, to obey life's commands, to worship no other god but life.' - HENRY MILLER 'That astonishing fireball of an author.' - DAILY TELEGRAPH 'An extraordinary man who also happened to be an extraordinary writer.' - IRISH TIMES

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