Paris Metro Tales by Helen Constantine

Paris Metro Tales

EditorHelen Constantine

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Following on from Helen Constantine's hugely successful Paris Tales, the twenty-two short stories included in More Metro Tales take the reader on an fascinating journey around Paris by metro. The journey begins at the Gare du Nord, stops at twenty underground stations along the way, and endsat Lamarck-Caulaincourt. Some of these stories actually take place in the metro itself, but most are to be found when you emerge above ground. They range from the 15th-century account of the miraculous Saint Genevieve, patron saint of Paris, through tales by favourite writers such as Zola, Simenon,and Maupassant, to Martine Delerm's evocation of the last hours of Modigliani's mistress, Jeanne Hebuterne. Gerard de Nerval evokes the thriving, bustling market in Les Halles in the 1850s; Colette recounts her involvement in a traffic accident near the Opera; Boulanger describes a blackly funnyexperience in Pere Lachaise. Each story is illustrated with a black-and-white photograph and there is a map and suggested itinerary round the metro system. Readers will find familiar and unfamiliar writers here, but all are masterly writers of the short story and each evokes a different aspect of this endlessly intriguing andmuch-loved city, whether the traveller is on the metro or at home sitting in an armchair.

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Helen Constantine taught languages in schools until 2000, when she became a full-time translator. She has published two volumes of translated stories, Paris Tales and French Tales, and is currently editing a series of City Tales for Oxford University Press. She has translated Mademoiselle de Maupin by Theophile Gautier and Dangerous L...
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Title:Paris Metro TalesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pagesPublished:April 10, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199579806

ISBN - 13:9780199579808

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IntroductionJacques Reda: Gare du NordJulien Green: Saint-Julien-le-PauvreDaniel Boulanger: Summer RainColette: A Little AccidentAnnie Saumont: If it were SundayHonore de Balzac: Facino CaneFrederic Fajardie: Rue des LarmesPaul Fournel: StoryMartine Delerm: There or ElsewhereJacques de Voragine: Saint GenevieveMartine Delerm: Expomodigliani.comGuy de Maupassant: MinuetEmile Zola: SnowGerard de Nerval: La HalleAndree Chedid: Confronting the PresentTheodore de Banville: The CabGeorges Simenon: The Little Restaurant at TernesClaude Dufresne: Romance in the MetroCyrille Fleischman: The Neighbour in the Rue de JarenteGuy de Maupassant: The LandladyGerard de Nerval: La Butte MontmartreNotes on the MetroNotes on the StoriesNotes on the AuthorsSelected Further ReadingPublisher's AcknowledgementsMap of metro