If you've never been to Paris, here is your chance to experience it; if you have been there, here is your chance to return. Paris Tales is a highly evocative collection of stories by French and Francophone writers who have been inspired by the mystery and charm of different locations in this most visited of capital cities. The twenty-two stories by well-known writers including Nerval, Maupassant, Colette, and Echenoz provide a captivating 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. Viewed through the eyes of characters such as the provincial lawyer's wife seeking excitement, a runaway schoolboy sleeping rough, and a lottery-winning policeman, the collection presents a stage for the intimacies and insights of these distinctly Parisian people. From the artists' haunts of Montmartre to the glamorous cafés 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. Translated by well-known linguist Helen Constantine, Paris Tales is the first title in a series of literary tours of key capital cities. Rich in atmosphere, this literary tour will enchant both tourists and armchair travelers alike.
Paris, the City of Light, has inspired many artists and writers. In this work, Constantine (ed., Modern Poetry in Translation) selected and translated 22 short stories set in Paris that reflect the character of particular areas, including only the works of native French and Francophone writers like Guy de Maupassant, Honor de Balzac, Emile Zola, Colette, Michel Butor, Maryse Conde, Georges Perec, and Andree Chedid. All the stories are engaging, and they all have a Parisian setting, but they take place in different eras (from the mid-19th century to the present) and are as diverse as the authors who penned them. Roger Grenier's account of a man simultaneously dating two women who live at opposite ends of Paris and Frederic Beigbeder's futuristic tale are particularly noteworthy. Notes on the authors, a further reading list, and maps of the city to locate the stories' settings have been included. Highly recommended for all academic and larger public libraries.-Erica Swenson Danowitz, American Univ. Lib., Washington, DC Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.