"I read it for the first time when I was seventeen and loved every page. I find its depiction of a golden time and place just as poignant now as I did then."
About the Author
Robin Buss is a writer and translator who works for theIndependent on Sunday
and as television critic for The Times Educational Supplement
. He studied at the University of Paris, where he took a degree and a doctorate in French literature. He is part-author of the article 'French Literature' in Encyclopaedia Britannica
and has published critical studies of works by Vigny and Cocteau, and three books on European cinema, The French Through Their Films
(1988), Italian Films
(1989) and French Film Noir
(1994). He has also translated a number of volumes for Penguin Classics.