Paris Tales

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OUP Oxford, Sep 9, 2004 - Fiction - 256 pages
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Paris Tales is a highly evocative collection of stories by French and Francophone writers who have been inspired by specific 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, and viewing it through the eyes of characters such as the provincial lawyer's wife seeking excitement, a runaway schoolboy sleeping rough, and a lottery-winning policeman. From the artists' haunts of Montmartre to the glamorous cafés 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.
 

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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 ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Nightmare
13
The Green Monster
23
The Last Napoleon
33
Squares
39
A Parisian Adventure
47
Montmartre Cemetery and Flora and Fauna in Paris
59
The Gare SaintLazare
69
The Man with the CollectingBox
151
Rue du Commerce
161
Plan of Occupancy
169
Iéna
179
The Adventure
185
What Goes On in SaintGermain
191
Manuscript Found at SaintGermaindesPrés
205
Blind Experiment
213

The Twentieth Arrondissement
85
In NotreDame
89
Family Portrait
95
The Runaway
105
The House in the Place des Fêtes
121
The Joyful Death of Fassola
139
Feeding the Hungry
227
Notes on the Authors
238
Further Reading
242
Maps
244
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Helen Constantine was Head of Languages for many years at a comprehensive school in Oxfordshire and now works as a full-time translator. She is married to the poet, David Constantine. In January 2004 they took over the editorship of Modern Poetry in Translation.

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