39 bis Boulevard Alsace Lorraine

Novel Chronique d'Angoulême, 1940-1941 Boris Vian (1940)
The 39 bis Boulevard Alsace Lorraine is marked for life by the passage of the famous Boris Vian.
39 bis Boulevard Alsace Lorraine Angoulême
39 bis Boulevard Alsace Lorraine Angoulême - Crédit photo : Fantrippers

“We’re continuing to angoumoisinier all the way. We’re getting to know the city well, which is not very complicated.”

Boris Vian

As the horrors of World War II began to spread throughout France, the École Centrale de Paris, where Boris Vian studied, moved to Angoulême for the year 1939-1940. Temporary classrooms were thus transferred to the New Municipal Library, then located on Rampe d’Aguesseau.

In the city, Boris Vian and his friends, Alfred Jabès, Jacques Demaux and Francis Jones, were doing the four hundredths. They visit it, gorge themselves on pastries, hang out on the banks of the Charente and begin to write the chronicle of their adventures.

To house its students, the school then appealed to the inhabitants. They host students during this particular year. At 39 bis boulevard Alsace Lorraine, Mrs Truffandier lives. Affectionately nicknamed “Truff-Truff” by Boris Vian, the landlady was to be a second mother to the future author of L’Écume des jours.

Installed on the second floor, he was fed and washed by Mrs. Truffandier. To thank the couple for their kindness, Boris Vian introduced them to jazz, a genre he had been practicing for a few years and which was a real escape for him.

Today, the house has not changed much since it was built over 80 years ago. The room he occupied has become a guest room and a plaque recalling his stay in the city is affixed since February 2020 on the facade of the house. It is thanks to the persistence of the inhabitants of the street, and in particular a neighbor, James Billerot, that this project was realized. A memory of the years when Boris Vian was scouring the city in good company.


Boris Vian stayed in Angoulême for 7 months from November 1939 to June 1940.

39 Bd Alsace Lorraine

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By Damien Duarte

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

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