A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

There are different editions of Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast, but there is no definite version of the book. The reason for this is simple. Hemingway died before he had finished work on the memoir. A Moveable Feast was first published in 1964, three years after the author’s death, and a so-called restored edition reached the public in 2009.
After Hemingway’s death, his fourth and last wife, Mary, handed manuscripts and notes over to the publisher Scribner in New York City, and editor Harry Brague went to work on the account Hemingway had referred to as “my Paris book.”
According to Hemingway’s friend, A. E. Hotchner – who came up with the title of the book – the manuscript “was not left in shards but […] ready for publication,” and the publication of 1964 was essentially the draft that he had read as early as 1957.
The memoir concerns the years 1921 to 1926, and the locale is mainly Paris, France. The French capital attracted great artists from all over the world at this time, and legendary names – for example F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Joyce, Pablo Picasso, Ezra Pound, and Gertrude Stein – fill the book. But Paris and the Hemingway family are the main characters of the memoir, which glows with a lust for life, writing, and literature.
In the preface, Hemingway says: “If the reader prefers, this book can be regarded as fiction,” and the omissions the author decides on have the characteristics of fiction. Hemingway was a master of “less is more” when he was writing well. He offered less, which ignited the imagination of the audience which could then give the tale depth. This is what Hemingway is doing in the 1964 edition of A Moveable Feast; which may give storytelling precedence over what actually took place.
People who knew Ernest Hemingway have stated that he could return to a tale of actual events over and over again, and each time the story would change a bit. To write a true sentence, to Hemingway, was a matter of staying true to the art of storytelling. And when Hemingway stayed true to storytelling, he managed to capture the deeper truths about the world as he experienced it.  So, even if A Moveable Feast may be a fictionalized version of Paris in the 1920s, it is also a book that offers readers the gist of the Paris of that era.

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