A Literary Tour of the City
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|Format:||Paperback / softback, 256 pages|
|Other Information: ||numerous halftones and 2 maps|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 09 September 2004|
Paris Tales is a highly evocative collection of stories by French and Francophone writers who have been inspired by specific locations in this most visited of capital cities. The twenty-two stories - by well-known writers including Nerval, Maupassant, Colette, and Echenoz - provide a captivating glimpse into Parisian life from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. The stories take us on an atmospheric tour of the arrondissements and quartiers of Paris, charting the changing nature of the city and its inhabitants, and viewing it through the eyes of characters such as the provincial lawyer's wife seeking excitement, a runaway schoolboy sleeping rough, and a lottery-winning policeman. From the artists' haunts of Montmartre to the glamorous cafes of Saint-Germain, from the shouts of demonstrators on Boul Mich' to the tranquillity of Parc Monceau, Paris Tales offers a fascinating literary panorama of Paris. Illustrated with maps and striking photographs, the book will appeal to all those who wish to uncover the true heart of this seductive city.
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION; 1. Nightmare; 2. The Green Monster; 3. The Last Napoleon; 4. Squares; 5. A Parisian Adventure; 6. Montmartre Cemetery; 7. The Gare Saint-Lazare; 8. A House in the Place des Fetes; 9. The Twentieth Arrondissement; 10. In Notre-Dame; 11. The Runaway; 12. Rue du Commerce; 13. Plan of Occupancy; 14. The Adventure; 15. What Goes on in Saint-Germain; 16. Manuscript Found at Saint-Germain-des-Pres; 17. The Man with the Collecting Box; 18. The Joyful Death of Fassola; 19. Blind Experiment; 20. Feeding the Hungry; 21. Family Portrait; BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
About the Author
Helen Constantine is a translator and editor of Modern Poetry in Translation along with her husband, poet David Constantine. Her translations include Spaced, Displaced by Henri Michaux.
An engaging collection of short stories. Nigel Tisdall, Daily Telegraph (Travel) Would-be flaneurs and Paris lovers will enjoy Helen Constantine's collection. What emerges... is a powerful affinity between Paris and the fantastic. TLS '...excellent and wide-ranging collection' The Times
|Publisher: ||Oxford University Press|
|Dimensions: ||20.27 x 13.11 x 1.42 centimeters (0.27 kg)|