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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 life in Deauville. Going to bed at dawn, I get up at ten to twelve. The splendor of the sun in the middle of the day is a spectacle that every somewhat virtuous man wishes to contemplate upon awakening. Then, while a lively crowd throngs on the beach, I abandon myself to the peaceful water of my bathtub… At the Potinière, now because it is not a question of strolling. It is absolutely necessary to wish good morning to a number of friends and acquaintances that we have not seen since the night before and that we will not see again for a good two hours, on the Hippodrome. Then we ask ourselves a distressing 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.