Banine (Umm-El-Banine Assadoulaeff), lived a colorful and eventful life (1905-1992) chronicled in 2 memoirs. Parisian Days (1947) concerns her life in Paris after escaping from Baku in the Russian Empire and her husband in Istanbul. Le Figaro described her as “… one of those personages of La vie romanesque who traverse a century, attracting like a lodestone all the singular figures of the times.” This reprint is a welcome addition to Pushkin’s list.