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Paris: The Secret History


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“Vivid, informed, delectably readable…an enlightened introduction to the citys best-kept secrets. No visitor to France should go without it.”—Sunday Times (UK)

Paris captures everyones imaginations: Its a backdrop for Prousts fictional pederast, Robert Doisneaus photographic kiss, and Edith Piafs serenaded soldier-lovers; a home as much to romance and love poems as to prostitution and opium dens. The citys dynamic, conflicted identity is visible everywhere—between cobblestones, in bars, on the métro.

Andrew Hussey brings to life the urchins and artists whove left their marks on the city, filling in the gaps of a history that affected the disenfranchised as much as the nobility. Paris: The Secret History ranges across centuries, movements, and cultural and political beliefs, from Napoleons overcrowded cemeteries to Balzacs nocturnal flight from his debts. Hussey takes us on a picaresque journey through royal palaces, brothels, and sidewalk cafés, uncovering the rich, exotic, and often lurid history of the worlds most beloved city.

About the Author

Andrew Hussey is a cultural historian and biographer. His previous book, a critically acclaimed biography of Guy Debord, was published in 2001. He is lecturer in French studies at the University of Aberystwyth and divides his time between Ireland, Wales, and Paris.

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The Secret History
Hussey, Andrew
Bloomsbury USA
Europe - France
Europe - General
World History-France
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2-8p. bandw Inserts
9.24 x 6.37 x 1.485 in

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