Paris Tales: A literary tour of the city by Helen ConstantineParis Tales: A literary tour of the city by Helen Constantine

Paris Tales: A literary tour of the city

Translated byHelen Constantine

Paperback | September 27, 2004

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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 acaptivating 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 alottery-winning policeman. From the artists' haunts of Montmartre to the glamorous cafes 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.
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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Title:Paris Tales: A literary tour of the cityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.56 inPublished:September 27, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192805746

ISBN - 13:9780192805744

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Guy de Maupassant: Nightmare2. Gerard de Nerval: The Green Monster3. Honore de Balzac: The Last Napoleon4. Emile Zola: Squares5. Guy de Maupassant: A Parisian Adventure6. Colette: Montmartre Cemetery7. Michael Butor: The Gare Saint-Lazare8. Roger Grenier: A House in the Place des Fetes9. Leon-Paul Fargue: The Twentieth Arrondissement10. Julien Green: In Notre-Dame11. Georges Perec: The Runaway12. Jacques Reda: Rue du Commerce13. Jean Echenoz: Plan of Occupancy14. Cyrille Fleischman: The Adventure15. Anna Gavalda: What Goes on in Saint-Germain16. Frededric Beigbeder: Manuscript Found at Saint-Germain-des-Pres17. Didier Daeninckx: The Man with the Collecting Box18. Andree Chedid: The Joyful Death of Fassola19. Hugo Marsan: Blind Experiment20. Vincent Ravalec: Feeding the Hungry21. Maryse Conde: Family PortraitBiographical information

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`Smartly mixed cocktail of 22 Parisian tales.'The Independent