Paris Street Tales

Paris Street Tales

by Helen Constantine


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Paris Street Tales is the third volume of a trilogy of translated stories set in Paris. The previous two editions are Paris Tales, in which each story is associated with one of the twenty arrondissements, and Paris Metro Tales, in which the twenty-two stories are related to a trip around the Paris Metro. This new volume contains seventeen newly-translated stories related to particular streets in Paris and one newly-written tale of the city.

The stories range from the nineteenth century to the present day and include tales by well-known writers such as Colette, Maupassant, Didier Daeninckx, and Simenon, and less familiar names such as Francis Carco, Aurelie Filipetti, and Arnaud Baignot. They present a vivid picture of Paris streets in a variety of literary styles and tones. Simenon's Maigret is called upon to solve a mystery on the Boulevard Beaumarchais; a flaneur learns some French history through second-hand objects retrieved from the Seine; a nineteenth-century affair in the Rue de Miromesnil goes badly wrong; a body is discovered on the steps of the smallest street in Paris. Through these stories we see how the city has changed over the last two centuries and what has survived. All of the tales in the book are translated apart from the last, a new story by David Constantine, based on the last days of the poet Gerard de Nerval.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198736790
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 11/01/2016
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,174,221
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Helen Constantine taught languages in schools until 2000, when she became a full-time translator. She has published three volumes of translated stories, Paris Tales, Paris Metro Tales, and French Tales. She is general editor of the City Tales series for OUP. Her translations include Mademoiselle de Maupin by Theophile Gautier and Dangerous Liaisons by Choderlos de Laclos for Penguin, The Wild Ass's Skin by Balzac, The Conquest of Plassans by Zola, and Flaubert's A Sentimental Education for OUP.

Table of Contents

1. Rue des Degres, Didier Daeninckx
2. Streets, Jean Follain
3. The Rendezvous, Guy de Maupassant
4. Tableau Parisien, Octave Mirbeau
5. Rue de la Tacherie, Arnaud Baignot
6. Old Iron, Emile Zola
7. Rue Saint Sulpice, Marcel Ayme
8. The Freedom of the Streets, Jacques Reda
9. A Rapist's Shout One Night in Montparanasse, Frederic H. Fajardie
10. Lost Street Cries, Julien Green
11. Rue de la Chine, Joris-Karl Huysmans
12. The Affair in the Boulevard Beaumarchais, Georges Simenon
13. Rooftop over the Champs Elysees, Roland Dorgeles
14. The pigeon who shat on people, Vincent Ravalec
15. The Street is not enough, Aurelie Filipetti
16. Rue Pigalle, Francis Carco
17. The hold-up in the Rue Ordener, Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette
18. The Tree with three branches, Gisele Prassinos
19. Rue de la Vieille Lanterne, David Constantine

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