Duncan Fallowell

From Balzac to the Beatles

The multi-talented instigator of the nouvelle vague was, according to Claude Arnaud’s lurid biography, an obsequious, masochistic, insecure opium fiend

All biography is both an act of homage and a labour of dissection, and all biographers are jealous of their subjects. Most keep it cool, but some like it hot and have created a distinct category in which jealousy becomes murder followed by necromancy: the one they hug is asphyxiated — but lo! — they breathe their own air back into it.

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