Christopher Prendergast, 9 March 1995
Show More Paris Interzone: Richard Wright, Lolita, Boris Vian and Others on the Left Bank 1946-1960 by James Campbell.
Secker, 305 pp., £20, September 1994, 0 436 20106 2Show More
Foreign Correspondent: Paris in the Sixties by Peter Lennon.
Picador, 220 pp., £16.99, April 1994, 0 330 31911 6Show More
The Good Ship Venus: The Erotic Voyage of the Olympia Press by John de St Jorre.
Hutchinson, 332 pp., £20, September 1994, 0 09 177874 3Show More
“... Paris figures in the titles of both James Campbell’s and Peter Lennon’s books, but this is a restricted, specialised Paris. Campbell takes us into something called the ‘Interzone’ (the term is odd, and troublesome), inhabited by assorted exiles, misfits and drop-outs during the Fifties and late Forties. Lennon’s jaunty impressionistic book takes us into the Sixties, with an account of his experiences as a young journalist writing, sporadically, for the Guardian, while, in the intervals, getting caught up in all kinds of adventures (best of all an improbable encounter, in the company of Samuel Beckett, with Peter O’Toole ...”