Paris Tales

Overview

"Paris Tales is a collection of stories by French and Francophone writers who have been inspired by specific locations in this most visited to 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." Illustrated with maps and striking photographs, the book will delight anyone who wishes to uncover the true heart of this seductive city.
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Overview

"Paris Tales is a collection of stories by French and Francophone writers who have been inspired by specific locations in this most visited to 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." Illustrated with maps and striking photographs, the book will delight anyone who wishes to uncover the true heart of this seductive city.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Paris, the City of Light, has inspired many artists and writers. In this work, Constantine (ed., Modern Poetry in Translation) selected and translated 22 short stories set in Paris that reflect the character of particular areas, including only the works of native French and Francophone writers like Guy de Maupassant, Honor de Balzac, Emile Zola, Colette, Michel Butor, Maryse Conde, Georges Perec, and Andree Chedid. All the stories are engaging, and they all have a Parisian setting, but they take place in different eras (from the mid-19th century to the present) and are as diverse as the authors who penned them. Roger Grenier's account of a man simultaneously dating two women who live at opposite ends of Paris and Frederic Beigbeder's futuristic tale are particularly noteworthy. Notes on the authors, a further reading list, and maps of the city to locate the stories' settings have been included. Highly recommended for all academic and larger public libraries.-Erica Swenson Danowitz, American Univ. Lib., Washington, DC Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192805744
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet 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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Nightmare, Guy de Maupassant
2. The Green Monster, Gérard de Nerval
3. The Last Napoleon, Honoré de Balzac
4. Squares, Emile Zola
5. A Parisian Adventure, Guy de Maupassant
6. Montmartre Cemetery, Colette
7. The Gare Saint-Lazare, Michael Butor
8. A House in the Place des Fêtes, Roger Grenier
9. The Twentieth Arrondissement, Léon-Paul Fargue
10. In Notre-Dame, Julien Green
11. The Runaway, Georges Perec
12. Rue du Commerce, Jacques Réda
13. Plan of Occupancy, Jean Echenoz
14. The Adventure, Cyrille Fleischman
15. What Goes on in Saint-Germain, Anna Gavalda
16. Manuscript Found at Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Frédédric Beigbeder
17. The Man with the Collecting Box, Didier Daeninckx
18. The Joyful Death of Fassola, Andrée Chedid
19. Blind Experiment, Hugo Marsan
20. Feeding the Hungry, Vincent Ravalec
21. Family Portrait, Maryse Condé
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