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TRISTAN BERNARD

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Terribly busy

Novelist and playwright, Tristan Bernard has gone down in history as a comedian and author of malicious definitions of crosswords. In July 1912, he was invited to Deauville for the inauguration of the Hôtel Normandy and the new casino. This stay will be followed by many others.

He will be a summer figure of Deauville for 35 years. Its rounded silhouette and long beard delight cartoonists. As early as 1912, Sem represented him, swimming offshore, with the beard flush with water. He then finds Deauville's beach so vast and the sea so distant at low tide that he states this formula: Deauville is near Paris, but far from the sea " In 1919, he told his friend Pic about his days: " I lead a calm but terribly busy existence in Deauville. Lying at dawn, I get up at ten minutes to noon. The splendor of the sun in the middle of the day is a spectacle that every slightly virtuous man contemplates upon waking up. Then, while an animated crowd presses on the beach, I surrender to the peaceful water of my bathtub… At the Potinière, now because it is not a question of strolling. Of all necessity, you have to say hello to lots of friends and acquaintances that you have not seen since the previous evening and that you will not see for more than two hours at the Hippodrome. Then we ask ourselves a frightening question: to eat. Where will we have lunch? ... »
Eight months after his death in Paris, Deauville inaugurated on August 15, 1948, a street in his name, between the Hôtel Royal and the Point de Vue.

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