Paris Street Tales

Paris Street Tales

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Paris Street Tales is the third volume of a trilogy of translated stories set in Paris. The previous two are Paris Tales, in which each story is associated with one of the twenty arrondissements, and Paris Metro Tales, in which the twenty-two stories are related to a trip round the ParisMetro. This new volume contains eighteen newly translated stories related to particular streets in Paris, and one newly written tale of the city.The stories range from the nineteenth century to the present day, and include tales by well-known writers such as Colette, Maupassant, Didier Daeninckx, and Simenon, and less familiar names such as Francis Carco, Aurelie Filipetti, and Arnaud Baignot. They present a vivid picture of Paris streets ina variety of literary styles and tones. Simenon's Maigret is called upon to solve a mystery on the Boulevard Beaumarchais; a flaneur learns some French history through second-hand objects retrieved from the Seine; a nineteenth-century affair in the Rue de Miromesnil goes badly wrong; a body isdiscovered on the steps of the smallest street in Paris. Through these stories we see how the city has changed over the last two centuries and what has survived. All the tales in the book are translated apart from the last, a new story by David Constantine, based on the last days of the poet Gerardde Nerval.
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom :, Oxford University Press,, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780198736790
0198736797
Branch Call Number: SS PARI
Characteristics: x, 248 pages : illustrations, map ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Constantine, Helen

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Mar 27, 2018

" This little old man was wearing those old-fashioned spectacles, a pale green, which in an odd way made his eyes look bigger, exactly like a barn-owl. He greeted me in a cracked, quavery voice that sounded like the cackling of the devil." " Characters pondering the subject of AIDS and mad-cow disease" " Very faintly, he heard one of the small hours striking. " ' A banal tale of insignificant folk.n Ferdinand Volvin, a small-time broker in precious stones, had made the acquaintance of Louise Lamure, whose parents had a shoe-shop, in the course of a stay in Orleans during which he had been responsible for valuations." " On the boulevard de clichy, machelier wandered up and down for a little while amongst the crowd. No one took any notice of him, and the people who did meet his eyes hurried on, afraid he might ask for money. Several times, he nearly got run over, and, shivering with fever, he went to sit on a bench. He had only one idea in his head and it tormented him: ' Why don't they recognize me?' " " This is the RALLENTANDO before the hurry to the end." To call these tales succinct is to belabor the obvious. They set a scene like a noir movie sets a scene: that is to say, with an abrupt and economical impact. Highly recommended to admirers of the fictional form.

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