Montparnasse: Paris's District Of Memory And Desire by John BaxterMontparnasse: Paris's District Of Memory And Desire by John Baxter

Montparnasse: Paris's District Of Memory And Desire

byJohn Baxter

Paperback | November 7, 2017

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In the third portrait of his series Great Parisian Neighborhoods, award-winning raconteur John Baxter takes readers on a dazzling excursion of Montparnasse.

By the IACP Award-winning author of the national bestseller The Most Beautiful Walk in the World, MONTPARNASSE reveals the history and present delights of the iconic neighborhood that is best associated with the vibrant 1920-30s-era Paris—a romantic time and place evoked in Hemingway's memoir A Moveable Feast and Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer. From the first meeting of Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald to their friendship's bitter conclusion; from the courage of the anti-Nazi resistance to the clubs where German generals partied; from the attempted murder of Samuel Beckett to the rise of Josephine Baker to stardom; from the high life of the Coupole and the Cafe du Dôme to the bawdy music halls of rue de la Gaité; no Paris quarter has witnessed more tumultuous events than Montparnasse.

In a ground-breaking reappraisal of this most glamorous of Paris's districts, Baxter looks beyond the nostalgia to the secret history of Montparnasse, a district where desire effaced memory and every taste could be satisfied—even those which were unexpressed. If, as Oscar Wilde suggested, all good Americans went to Paris when they died, it was Montparnasse that brought them back to life.

John Baxter has lived in Paris for more than twenty years. He is the author of many acclaimed books about his life in France, including The Perfect Meal: In Search of the Lost Tastes of France (winner of the IACP Cookbook Award [culinary travel]); The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris; Immoveable Feast: A Paris Ch...
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Title:Montparnasse: Paris's District Of Memory And DesireFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 7.12 × 5 × 0.68 inPublished:November 7, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:006267904X

ISBN - 13:9780062679048

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