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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (144 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alan Riding Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the weeks after the Germans captured Paris, theaters, opera houses, and nightclubs reopened to occupiers and French citizens alike, and they remained open for the duration of the war. Alan Riding introduces a pageant of twentieth-century artists who lived and worked under the Nazis and explores the decisions each made about whether to stay or flee, collaborate or resist.

We see Maurice Chevalier and Edith Piaf singing before French and German audiences; Picasso painting and occasionally selling his work from his Left Bank apartment; and Marcel Carné and Henri-Georges Clouzot, among others, directing movies in Paris studios (more than two hundred were produced during this time). We see that pro-Fascist writers such as Louis-Ferdinand Céline and Robert Brasillach flourished, but also that Camus’ The Stranger was published and Sartre’s play No Exit was first performed ten days before the Normandy landings.

Based on exhaustive research and extensive interviews, And the Show Went On sheds a clarifying light on a protean and problematic era in twentieth-century European cultural history.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jill | 2/11/2014

    " Somehow I expected more from this book which covers the Nazi Occupation of Paris and how it affected the artistic community. I had already read Occupation by Ian Ousby which piqued my curiosity about the actions of those involved in the arts and maybe settle the question as to collaboration vs. trying to keep their work alive. But the question was not really answered, at least not for me. There were so many individuals in those pages, many of whom were only known to the French population, that I had trouble remembering who they were. Except for a handful, most of them worked in cooperation with the Nazis, some more blatantly than others, but were never called to task for what appeared as collaboration. The book does not paint a pretty picture of the Parisian artists' community and certainly does not take an apologist tone.....but it just did not capture my interest as I though it might. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Paul Myers | 1/27/2014

    " Have read four chapters and the book is great reading. A very human story about a proud people facing the consequences of defeat and occupation and the struggles of the cultural elite to adapt to the new situation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Heidi | 1/21/2014

    " This book is really interesting. I've read a lot about the Nazi occupation of Paris (it was my concentration in college) but not a lot about the culture. This book breaks things down into each concentration painting, music, ballet, etc... and discusses how each group worked with and against the nazis, hid Jews, and survived the occupation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by David | 1/10/2014

    " Scholarly, in-depth, and, frankly, a bit of a slog if you aren't already very interested in interwar and wartime French culture. The author likes to mention figures without always mentioning why they were important, although the people he does linger on are well fleshed out. Anecdotes are also deployed well, helping keep the reader interested, but again, only recommended for people with a strong interest in the subject. "

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About the Author

Alan Riding is a Brazilian-born Briton who studied economics and law before becoming a journalist and writer. He has worked for Reuters, the Financial Times, the Economist, and the New York Times, reporting from the United Nations in New York, Latin America, and Western Europe. During the final twelve years before he retired from journalism in 2007, he was the European cultural correspondent for the New York Times, based in Paris. Riding is the author of the bestselling book Distant Neighbors and coauthor of Essential Shakespeare Handbook and Opera. He lives in Paris with his wife, Marlise Simons, a writer for the Times.