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The Invention of Paris is a tour through the streets and history of the French capital under the guidance of radical Parisian author and publisher Eric Hazan.

Hazan reveals a city whose squares echo with the riots, rebellions and revolutions of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Combining the raconteur?s ear for a story with a historian?s command of the facts, he introduces an incomparable cast of characters: the literati, the ...
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Overview

The Invention of Paris is a tour through the streets and history of the French capital under the guidance of radical Parisian author and publisher Eric Hazan.

Hazan reveals a city whose squares echo with the riots, rebellions and revolutions of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Combining the raconteur’s ear for a story with a historian’s command of the facts, he introduces an incomparable cast of characters: the literati, the philosophers and the artists—Balzac, Baudelaire, Blanqui, Flaubert, Hugo, Maney, and Proust, of course; but also Doisneau, Nerval and Rousseau.

It is a Paris dyed a deep red in its convictions. It is haunted and vitalized by the history of the barricades, which Hazan retells in rich detail. The Invention of Paris opens a window on the forgotten byways of the capital’s vibrant and bloody past, revealing the city in striking new colors.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
French writers from Balzac to Voltaire have bemoaned the slow deterioration of Paris, and Hazan gladly joins the cry, aiming his jaundiced eye at the "tragedy" of modernization currently holding the city in its grip. Still, even as the radical author bitterly ponders the future of the City of Lights, he proves himself an engaging guide to the Paris he knows best: the heart of an intellectual metropolis rarely known to outsiders. Hazan's brick-by-brick account of the city's history of strife and political posturing is riveting, as is his back-story of every arrondissement, corner café, and street beggar (including his favorite). The chapter "Red Paris" points a knowing finger at the memento mori of Occupied France: "Thanks to plaques showing where those who were shot or deported lived and met, it is possible to sketch the outline of a Resistance Paris..." Moving backwards through history, Hazan also traces the roots of revolt through several generations of Parisian society, touching upon such figures as Tocqueville and Raspail along the way. Finally, it's the city's most loveable fop, Baudelaire himself, through who's eyes readers see the flop-houses, carousels, graveyards, and the Seine, a not always beautiful sight that nonetheless few will be able to resist.
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Bookforum
“[Hazan] stalks the capital, fulminating about the nineteenth and twentieth centuries' artistic and political rebellions.”
The Guardian
This is a wondrous book, either to be read at home with a decent map, or carried about
sur place through areas no tourists bother with.— Adam Thorpe
Financial Times
Hazan is all business. He trudges through Paris street by street, quoting what Balzac,
Hugo, Baudelaire or Kafka said about a particular spot, pointing out where barricades were once erected and thieves gathered for drinks.— Donald Morrison
New Left Review
“Amid the intellectual murkiness of the European scene, a few bright flames are burning: as witness the work of Eric Hazan.”
Les Inrockuptibles
“Do you want to be happy? Buy this book and take a stroll.”
London Review of Books
Hazan wants to rescue individual moments from general forgetting and key sites from the bland homogenization of international city development; he is also a passionate left-wing historian seeking to rescue the truth of Paris’s revolutionary past.— Julian Barnes
New York Review of Books
“One of the greatest books about the city anyone has written in decades, towering over a crowded field, passionate and lyrical and sweeping and immediate.”
Andrew Hussey
“This book is both a political and aesthetic delight, uncovering the real mysteries of Paris.”
Kevin Rushby
“With its astonishing breadth of reference and incredible detail, this is a must for all lovers of Paris.”
Adam Thorpe - The Guardian
“This is a wondrous book, either to be read at home with a decent map, or carried about sur place through areas no tourists bother with.”
Donald Morrison - Financial Times
“Hazan is all business. He trudges through Paris street by street, quoting what Balzac, Hugo, Baudelaire or Kafka said about a particular spot, pointing out where barricades were once erected and thieves gathered for drinks.”
Julian Barnes - London Review of Books
“Hazan wants to rescue individual moments from general forgetting and key sites from the bland homogenization of international city development; he is also a passionate left-wing historian seeking to rescue the truth of Paris’s revolutionary past.”
From the Publisher
“[Hazan] stalks the capital, fulminating about the nineteenth and twentieth centuries’ artistic and political rebellions.”—Bookforum

“Detailed, passionate ... Any visit to [Paris] would be made richer by taking the time to read Hazan’s book.”—Angela Meyer, Bookslut

“This is a wondrous book, either to be read at home with a decent map, or carried about sur place through areas no tourists bother with.”—Adam Thorpe, The Guardian

“Hazan is all business. He trudges through Paris street by street, quoting what Balzac, Hugo, Baudelaire or Kafka said about a particular spot, pointing out where barricades were once erected and thieves gathered for drinks.”—Donald Morrison, Financial Times

“Amid the intellectual murkiness of the European scene, a few bright flames are burning: as witness the work of Eric Hazan.”—New Left Review

“[F]ew will be able to resist ... Hazan’s brick-by-brick account of the city’s history of strife and political posturing is riveting.”—Publishers Weekly

“Do you want to be happy? Buy this book and take a stroll.”—Les Inrockuptibles

“Hazan wants to rescue individual moments from general forgetting and key sites from the bland homogenization of international city development; he is also a passionate left-wing historian seeking to rescue the truth of Paris’s revolutionary past.”—Julian Barnes, London Review of Books

“One of the greatest books about the city anyone has written in decades, towering over a crowded field, passionate and lyrical and sweeping and immediate.”—New York Review of Books

“This book is both a political and aesthetic delight, uncovering the real mysteries of Paris.”—Andrew Hussey, author of Paris: The Secret History

“With its astonishing breadth of reference and incredible detail, this is a must for all lovers of Paris.”—Kevin Rushby, author of Paradise: A History of the Idea that Rules the World

“[A] stunning book.”—Aaron Freundschuh, H-Net Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844678006
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 5/23/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 909,791
  • File size: 983 KB

Meet the Author

Eric Hazan is the founder of the publisher La Fabrique and the author of several books, including Notes on the Occupation and the highly acclaimed The Invention of Paris. He has lived in Paris, France, all his life.
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