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Jon Stallworthy, 28 May 1992

... hard to say whether he wants to wake her or kill her,’ he said. Françoise Gilot and Carlton Lake: Life with Picasso The Sleeping Gypsy I was the gypsy sleeping under a desert moon white-bellied as the mandolin beside me on the dune. The wind that stirred my rainbow dress was no wind but the breath of some beast with my father’s eyes ...

The Scene on the Bridge

Lili Owen Rowlands: Françoise Gilot, 19 March 2020

Life with Picasso 
by Françoise Gilot and Carlton Lake.
NYRB, 384 pp., $17.95, June 2019, 978 1 68137 319 5
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... decade-long relationship. First published in 1964 and written with the American critic and curator Carlton Lake, the book is based on conversations he and Gilot had over the course of several years, beginning in 1955. The end result, which Lake cross-referenced with Gilot’s journals and the letters from Picasso she ...

The Hooks of her Gipsy Dresses

Nicholas Penny, 1 September 1988

Picasso: Creator and Destroyer 
by Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington.
Weidenfeld, 559 pp., £16, June 1988, 0 02 977935 9
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... Dora Maar came Françoise Gilot, whose Life with Picasso of 1964, written in collaboration with Carlton Lake, described Picasso’s wit, charm and tenderness, as well as his deceitfulness, his selfishness, his cunning manipulation of his friends, his superstition and his cruel streak. Now she has revealed more of his cruelty to Huffington, and in ...


Peter Campbell: In the Park, 19 August 2004

... sports pitches and a running track. But it’s a good place to throw a ball about and does have a lake where, once in a while, I check out the wildfowl.Over the years the population has changed. Canada geese came years ago; now there are also Egyptian geese, and what I think are pink-foot geese. One winter I watched shoveller duck swimming round after each ...


Stephen Sedley: Judges’ Lodgings, 11 November 1999

... council; though I can’t believe that the ensuite bathroom, where the bidet has a jet resembling Lake Geneva’s, is as it was in her day. A small dinner party – all I could manage – huddled at one end of the 30-foot dining-table. Lady Astor did not have a good press in my family. My father had served in North Africa and Italy with the Eighth Army, which ...

Ho Chi Minh in Love

Tariq Ali, 22 November 2012

The Zenith 
by Duong Thu Huong, translated by Stephen Young and Hoa Pham Young.
Viking US, 509 pp., £25, August 2012, 978 0 670 02375 2
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... A plaque in Piccadilly suggests that he was apprenticed as a sous-chef to Escoffier at the Carlton Hotel. In State and Revolution Lenin had written that the final goal of communism was the ‘withering away’ of all oppressive structures, a time when any cook could run the state. Perhaps Ho had that in mind. At the end of his life Lenin said that ...

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