(1888–1976). A sophisticated French diplomat and careful stylist, Morand is best known for his fiction of the 1920s, particularly the two collections of short stories Ouvert la nuit (1922) and Fermé la nuit (1923) and the novel L'Europe galante (1925), which depict the corruption of post-war European and particularly Parisian high society. As a travel writer he excelled in portraits of cities: New York (1929), Londres (1933), and Bucarest (1935), and in his novel Bouddha vivant (1927) he explored the same contrast between Eastern and Western civilization as that evoked in Malraux's La Tentation de l'Occident. His reputation suffered considerably from his having served as Vichy ambassador in Romania and Switzerland during World War II.
From The New Oxford Companion to Literature in French in Oxford Reference.