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Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris

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This is the Paris you never knew. From the Revolution to the present, Graham Robb has distilled a series of astonishing true narratives, all stranger than fiction, of the lives of the great, the near-great, and the forgotten.

A young artillery lieutenant, strolling through the Palais-Royal, observes disapprovingly the courtesans plying their trade. A particular woman catches his eye; nature takes its course. Later that night Napoleon Bonaparte writes a meticulous account of his first sexual encounter. A well-dressed woman, fleeing the Louvre, takes a wrong turn and loses her way in the nameless streets of the Left Bank. For want of a map—there were no reliable ones at the time—Marie-Antoinette will go to the guillotine.

Baudelaire, the photographer Marville, Baron Haussmann, the real-life Mimi of La Bohème, Proust, Adolf Hitler touring the occupied capital in the company of his generals, Charles de Gaulle (who is suspected of having faked an assassination attempt in Notre Dame)—these and many more are Robb’s cast of characters, and the settings range from the quarries and catacombs beneath the streets to the grand monuments to the appalling suburbs ringing the city today. The result is a resonant, intimate history with the power of a great novel.

Synopsis:

The New York Times bestseller: the secrets of the City of Light, revealed in the lives of the great, the near-great, and the forgotten--by the author of the acclaimed The Discovery of France.

About the Author

Graham Robb is the award-winning biographer of Balzac, Victor Hugo, and Rimbaud. His other books include The Discovery of France, Parisians, and Strangers: Homosexual Love in the Nineteenth Century. He lives in Oxford, England.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393339734
Author:
Robb, Graham
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
France
Subject:
World History-France
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 pages of full-color illustrations
Pages:
476
Dimensions:
8.25000 x 5.50000 in

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