Paris Metro Tales

ISBN : 9780199579808

Helen Constantine
336 Pages
125 x 193 mm
Pub date
Mar 2011
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  • Follow-up to Helen Constantine's hugely successful Paris Tales
  • Writers include Colette, Honoré de Balzac, Guy de Maupassant, and Émile Zola
  • Each tale evokes a different aspect of this enchanting and much-loved city
  • Some stories have been translated for the first time
  • A suggested itinerary for the real or virtual traveller, a metro map, and photographs complement the stories

Following on from Helen Constantine's hugely successful Paris Tales, the twenty-two short stories included in More Metro Tales take the reader on an fascinating journey around Paris by metro. The journey begins at the Gare du Nord, stops at twenty underground stations along the way, and ends at Lamarck-Caulaincourt. Some of these stories actually take place in the metro itself, but most are to be found when you emerge above ground. They range from the 15th-century account of the miraculous Saint Genevieve, patron saint of Paris, through tales by favourite writers such as Zola, Simenon, and Maupassant, to Martine Delerm's evocation of the last hours of Modigliani's mistress, Jeanne Hébuterne. Gérard de Nerval evokes the thriving, bustling market in Les Halles in the 1850s; Colette recounts her involvement in a traffic accident near the Opéra; Boulanger describes a blackly funny experience in Père Lachaise.
Each story is illustrated with a black-and-white photograph and there is a map and suggested itinerary round the metro system. Readers will find familiar and unfamiliar writers here, but all are masterly writers of the short story and each evokes a different aspect of this endlessly intriguing and much-loved city, whether the traveller is on the metro or at home sitting in an armchair.


Gare du Nord, Jacques Réda
Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre, Julien Green
Summer Rain, Daniel Boulanger
A Little Accident, Colette
If it were Sunday, Annie Saumont
Facino Cane, Honoré de Balzac
Rue des Larmes, Frédéric Fajardie
Story, Paul Fournel
There or Elsewhere, Martine Delerm
Saint Genevieve, Jacques de Voragine
Expomodigliani.com, Martine Delerm
Minuet, Guy de Maupassant
Snow, Émile Zola
La Halle, Gérard de Nerval
Confronting the Present, Andrée Chedid
The Cab, Théodore 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, Gérard de Nerval
Notes on the Metro
Notes on the Stories
Notes on the Authors
Selected Further Reading
Publisher's Acknowledgements
Map of metro

About the author: 

Edited and translated by Helen Constantine

Helen Constantine taught languages in schools until 2000, when she became a full-time translator. She has published two volumes of translated stories, Paris Tales and French Tales, and is currently editing a series of City Tales for Oxford University Press. She has translated Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier and Dangerous Liaisons by Choderlos de Laclos for Penguin. She is married to the writer David Constantine and with him edits the international magazine Modern Poetry in Translation.
Jacques Réda
Julien Green
Daniel Boulanger
Annie Saumont
Honoré de Balzac
Frédéric Fajardie
Paul Fournel
Martine Delerm
Jacques de Voragine
Martine Delerm
Guy de Maupassant
Émile Zola
Gérard de Nerval
Andrée Chedid
Théodore de Banville
Georges Simenon
Claude Dufresne
Cyrille Fleischman
Guy de Maupassant
Gérard de Nerval

"more than a collection of stories. It is an evocation of a millieu" - The Tablet

"a richly varied collection of stories that will inspire a mix of thoughts and emotions" - Bookgeeks.co.uk

"Constantine is an excellent translator" - Time Out

"brilliant anthology" - Conde Nast Traveller

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