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Following Helen Constantine's highly successful Paris Tales, Paris Metro Tales offers 22 remarkable short stories set throughout Paris--all connected by the underground tunnels of its famed Metro.

The journey begins at the Gare du Nord, stops at 20 underground stations along the way, and ends at Lamarck-Caulaincourt, each story corresponding to one of the 20 arrondissements of Paris. Readers are invited to find their way through the underground, changing trains when necessary and imaginatively emerging to read a story it its original setting. The stories range from the 15th-century account of the miraculous Saint Genevieve, patron saint of Paris, through tales by favorite writers such as Zola, Simenon, Balzac, and Maupassant. Though connected by the metro, the subjects of these short stories vary widely: from Martine Delerm's gripping narrative of the last hours of Modigliani's mistress to Gérard de Nerval's rich evocation of the bustling market in Les Halles in the 1850s, Colette's unlikely involvement in a traffic accident near the Opéra, and Boulanger's fine description of a blackly funny experience in Père Lachaise. In addition to writers well known to the English-speaking world, this collection also includes French authors whose work deserves wider attention, including Frédéric Fajardie, Martine Delerm, Marie Desplechin, Paul Fournel, and Claude Dufresne. Each story is illustrated with a black-and-white photograph and the book includes a map and suggested itinerary through the metro system.

Perfect for fans of Paris Tales, connoisseurs of French fiction, and all short story enthusiasts, Paris Metro Tales offers rare glimpses of the darker side of the "City of Light."

About the Author

Helen Constantine has published three volumes of translated stories, Paris Tales, French Tales, and Berlin Tales, and is currently editing a series of City Tales for OUP. She is married to the writer David Constantine and with him edits the international magazine Modern Poetry in Translation.

Table of Contents


Gare du Nord, Jacques Reda

Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre, Julien Green

Summer Rain, Marie Desplechin

Refined, Daniel Boulanger

A Little Accident, Colette

If it were Sunday, Annie Saumont

Facino Cane, Honore de Balzac

Rue des Larmes, Frederic Fajardie

Story, Paul Fournel

There or Elsewhere, Martine Delerm

Saint Genevieve, Jacques de Voragine

Expomodigliani.com, Martine Delerm

Minuet, Guy de Maupassant

Snow, Emile Zola

La Halle, Gerard de Nerval

Confronting the Present, Andree Chedid

The Cab, Theodore de Banville

The Little Restaurant at Ternes, Georges Simenon

Romance in the Metro, Claude Dufresne

The Neighbour in the Rue de Jarente, Cyrille Fleischman

The Landlady, Guy de Maupassant

La Butte Montmartre, Gerard de Nerval

Notes on the Metro

Notes on the Stories

Notes on the Authors

Selected Further Reading

Publisher's Acknowledgements

Map of metro

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Constantine, Helen
Oxford University Press, USA
null, Helen
Continental european
Literature/English | World Literature | France
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Numerous b/w photographs
5.1 x 7.7 x 0.7 in 0.781 lb

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