If you've never been to Paris, here is your chance to experience it; if you have been there, here is your chance to return. Paris Tales is a highly evocative collection of stories by French and Francophone writers who have been inspired by the mystery and charm of different locations in this most visited of 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.
The stories take us on an atmospheric tour of the arrondissements and quartiers of Paris, charting the changing nature of the city and its inhabitants. Viewed through the eyes of characters such as the provincial lawyer's wife seeking excitement, a runaway schoolboy sleeping rough, and a lottery-winning policeman, the collection presents a stage for the intimacies and insights of these distinctly Parisian people. From the artists' haunts of Montmartre to the glamorous caf s of Saint-Germain, from the shouts of demonstrators on Boul Mich' to the tranquillity of Parc Monceau, Paris Tales offers a fascinating literary panorama of Paris.
Illustrated with maps and striking photographs, the book will appeal to all those who wish to uncover the true heart of this seductive city. Translated by well-known linguist Helen Constantine, Paris Tales is the first title in a series of literary tours of key capital cities. Rich in atmosphere, this literary tour will enchant both tourists and armchair travelers alike.
About 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.
Table of Contents
1. Nightmare, Guy de Maupassant
2. The Green Monster, G rard de Nerval
3. The Last Napoleon, Honor 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 F tes, Roger Grenier
9. The Twentieth Arrondissement, L on-Paul Fargue
10. In Notre-Dame, Julien Green
11. The Runaway, Georges Perec
12. Rue du Commerce, Jacques R da
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-Pr s, Fr d dric Beigbeder
17. The Man with the Collecting Box, Didier Daeninckx
18. The Joyful Death of Fassola, Andr e Chedid
19. Blind Experiment, Hugo Marsan
20. Feeding the Hungry, Vincent Ravalec
21. Family Portrait, Maryse Cond