Jean Cassou

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Cassou, Jean


Born July 9, 1897, in Deusto near Bilbao, Spain. French writer. Son of an engineer.

Cassou received a literature degree in Paris. He has published research in music, literature, and fine art, particularly Spanish. In his novel The Bloody Days of Paris (1935; Russian translation, 1937), which deals with the Paris Commune of 1871, Cassou focused on the revolutionary proletarian struggle from a historical perspective. A member of the French Resistance, Cassou wrote Thirty-Three Sonnets, Written in Prison (1944), filled with both anguish and hope. His novel The Center of the World (1939; published 1945) depicts the period from the eve of World War I to World War II. Cassou is a steadfast opponent of imperialism and reaction.


Grandeur et infamie de Tolstoï Paris [1932].
Le Livre de Lazare.Paris, 1955.
La Clef des songes.Lausanne [1964].
Le Voisinage des cavernes.Paris [1971].
In Russian translation:
“Zh. Kassu o povesti V. Poznera ‘Ispaniia—pervaia liubov’.’ “Innostrannaia literatura, 1967, NO. 11.


Istoriia frantsuzskoi literatury, vol. 4. Moscow, 1963.
Georgel, P. J. Cassou … Choix de textes: Bibliographie portrait, facsimile.Paris, 1967. (Poetes d’aujourd’hui.)


The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Different ideas of grace and disgrace occupied John Bunyan and Oscar Wilde in prison; Madame Roland and Anne Frank wrote themselves into history in various forms of memoir; and Jean Cassou and Irina Ratushinskaya voiced their resistance to totalitarianism through lyric poetry that saved their lives and inspired others.
After summarizing the state of Parisian Surrealism immediately following the launch of the magazine La Revolution Surrealiste in December 1924, Nouge responded to a condescending analysis of the young movement by art critic Jean Cassou (1897-1986), which had appeared in the NRF in January.
The chapter concludes with other composers who contributed music to the anti-Vichy cause, including Elsa Barraine's Avis and Jean Cassou's Trente-trois sonnets composes en secret [Thirty-three sonnets composed in secret].
Jean Cassou, the chief curator of the Musee National d'Art Moderne in Paris between 1945 and 1965, was so sure about the importance of Matisse's Tristesse du roi that he bought it the year it was made.
In addition to Auzanet's foreword and footnotes, the paratext to the translation includes a preface signed by Jean Cassou, a renowned French Hispanist, today remembered, among other things, for his celebrated translation of Cervantes's Novelas Ejemplares and for his work as editor and reviser of the translation of Don Quijote, both published in the Biblioth_que de la Pleiade series.
But if you mean other museum people, I must mention Jean Cassou, Pierre Gaudibert, Harald Szeemann, and of course Pontus Hulten.