Paris Tales

Paris Tales


Book - 2004
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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 acaptivating 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 alottery-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.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.
ISBN: 9780192805744
Branch Call Number: FIC PARIS T
Characteristics: ix, 243 p. : ill., maps ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Constantine, Helen


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Some of the heavyweights of French literature later than Hugo weigh in here. You can't go wrong, this is life on the mean streets at its grittiest. French writers as chosen by ms. constantine have a highly admirable style. Could it have been paris? " Gerard de Nerval (the pseudonym of Gerard Labrunie, 1808-55)...Nerval, a poet and visionary writer, was mentally unstable. He hanged himself from a railing in the Rue de la Vieille Lanterne in an old QUARTIER, demolished in 1855, in the Chatelet area of modern Paris."


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