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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Paris Tales

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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: 9780191647208
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 9/9/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 5 MB

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

1 Nightmare 13
2 The green monster 23
3 The last Napoleon 33
4 Squares 39
5 A Parisian adventure 47
6 Montmartre Cemetery and flora and fauna in Paris 59
7 The Gare Saint-Lazare 69
8 The twentieth arrondissement 85
9 In Notre-Dame 89
10 Family portrait 95
11 The runaway 105
12 The house in the Place Des Fetes 121
13 The joyful death of Fassola 139
14 The man with the collecting-box 151
15 Rue du Commerce 161
16 Plan of occupancy 169
17 Iena 179
18 The adventure 185
19 What goes on in Saint-Germain 191
20 Manuscript found at Saint-Germain-des-Pres 205
21 Blind experiment 213
22 Feeding the hungry 227
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