"AUTUMN IN PEKING serves as an antidote to the tired, self-obsession and gimmicky cleverness of most hip contemporary fiction." -- Jeremy Baker, Seattle Sinner, May 2005
"AUTUMN IN PEKING is the strangest of many strange Vian novels, and wholly, unforgettably readable." -- James Sallis, Boston Globe, May 22, 2005
"Autumn in Peking" (L'Automne à Pékin) could well become one of the classics. -- Alain Robbe-Grillet
Vian is one of the great iconoclasts, and more than that, one of the great comic iconoclasts. -- J.K.L. Scott, From Dreams to Despair: An Integrated Reading of the Novels of Boris Vian
Vian was one of the most powerful writers to have appeared in France since the war. -- Roger Shattuck
About the Author
Boris Vian was a jack of all trades - although unfortunately his name was Boris and "Boris of all trades" never took off as a turn of phrase. But nevertheless Vian was a great songwriter, playwright, singer, jazz critic and, of course novelist so it should have been Boris instead of Jack.