Paris: The Secret History

Paris: The Secret History

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by Andrew Hussey
     
 

If Adam Gopnik's Paris to the Moon described daily life in contemporary Paris, this book describes daily life in Paris throughout its history: a history of the city from the point of view of the Parisians themselves. Paris captures everyone's imaginations: It's a backdrop for Proust's fictional pederast, Robert Doisneau's photographic kiss, and Edith

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If Adam Gopnik's Paris to the Moon described daily life in contemporary Paris, this book describes daily life in Paris throughout its history: a history of the city from the point of view of the Parisians themselves. Paris captures everyone's imaginations: It's a backdrop for Proust's fictional pederast, Robert Doisneau's photographic kiss, and Edith Piaf's serenaded soldier-lovers; a home as much to romance and love poems as to prostitution and opium dens. The many pieces of the city coexist, each one as real as the next. What's more, the conflicted identity of the city is visible everywhere--between cobblestones, in bars, on the métro.

In this lively and lucid volume, Andrew Hussey brings to life the urchins and artists who've left their marks on the city, filling in the gaps of a history that affected the disenfranchised as much as the nobility. Paris: The Secret History ranges across centuries, movements, and cultural and political beliefs, from Napoleon's overcrowded cemeteries to Balzac's nocturnal flight from his debts. For Hussey, Paris is a city whose long and conflicted history continues to thrive and change. The book's is a picaresque journey through royal palaces, brothels, and sidewalk cafés, uncovering the rich, exotic, and often lurid history of the world's most beloved city.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596914254
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
10/28/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
379,756
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 5.98(h) x 1.34(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations....................xi
Acknowledgements....................xiv
Introduction: An Autopsy on an Old Whore....................xv
1 Dirty Water....................3
2 Severed Heads....................14
3 Sea Gods....................22
4 Infidels....................31
5 A Cruel and Brilliant Place....................45
6 Sacred Geometry....................52
7 Lovers and Scholars....................57
8 Saints, Poets, Thieves....................67
9 Destroying the Temple....................76
10 Rebels and Riots....................82
11 The English Devils....................89
12 Machaberey's Dance....................93
13 Maps and Legends....................102
14 Dark with Excess of Light....................107
15 Choose Now - The Mass or Death!....................114
16 As Above, So Below....................122
17 Sinister Days....................129
18 Making Paradise Visible....................137
19 A Marvellous Confusion....................145
20 Splendour and Misery....................155
21 Shadow and Stench....................165
22 Porno Manifesto....................172
23 Night-Vision....................179
24 From Revolt to Revolution....................190
25 The Bloody Path to Utopia....................198
26 Empire....................209
27 Occupation and Restoration....................220
28 The Bourgeois World of Louis-Philippe....................228
29 Balzac's Mirror....................237
30 The Age of Contempt....................245
31 The Cretin's Empire....................258
32 Ghosts in Daylight....................266
34 After the Orgy....................291
35 New Spirits....................309
36? New Wars....................320
37 Paris Peasants....................329
38 Darkness Falls....................338
39 Night and Fog....................353
40 Patriots and Traitors....................369
41 Landscapes After the Battle....................383
42 The Seventh 'Wilaya'....................393
43 An Obscure Conspiracy....................403
44 The Killing of Paris?....................416
Epilogue: Paris Underground....................432
Notes....................434
Select Bibliography....................458
Index....................463

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