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Alan Riding trained as an economist and lawyer before joining Reuters, the Financial Times and then the New York Times, reporting from Mexico, Brazil, Rome and finally Paris for twelve years as European Cultural Correspondent. He is the author of the bestselling history Distant Neighbours: A Portrait of the Mexicans. He lives in Paris.
And the Show Went On
Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied Paris
‘Fascinating... elaborate characters leap off almost ever page. A serious piece of scholarship, but one that reads like a novel’ Observer
‘Only someone as completely in command of his subject, could have written this magisterial account of France’s authors and artists and filmmakers and musicians during the Occupation. It is star-studded and makes fascinating reading’ David Fromkin, author of A Peace to End All Peace
In June 1940, Paris fell and became the Nazis' favourite pleasure ground. Music halls and cabarets thrived. Maurice Chevalier and Edith Piaf, who had entertained the French troops, now unabashedly provided amusement for the Germans. Matisse and others kept out of view, but Picasso couldn't avoid Nazi visitors. A few, like Beckett, joined the Resistance. Some were arrested and died in German hands: others entertained the enemy. Theatres reopened, the movie cameras rolled, galleries sold paintings looted from Jewish families, pro-German writers and their rivals fought in print. And the Show Went On tells how Paris's artistic world lived through the Occupation, from those who suffered oppression to those who prospered through collaboration.