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How Alice Prin conquered bohemian Paris

A homeless waif transforms herself into the nightclub singer Kiki de Montparnasse – with no help from her conceited lover Man Ray

Man Ray’s ‘Noire et Blanche’, with Kiki as the model. [Alamy]

This book is about two people who reinvented themselves in 1920s Paris. Mark Braude focuses on Kiki de Montparnasse and Man Ray, the decade of their creative collaboration and the cafés and nightclubs of Montparnasse, immersing the reader in a world where everyone was pushing their creativity in unimaginable directions.

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