Paris Street Tales

ISBN : 9780198736790

Helen Constantine
272 ページ
128 x 196 mm
  • The third in a trilogy of short story collections translated by Helen Constantine and based in the French capital
  • Features tales by well-known and celebrated writers alongside lesser known authors
  • Each tale evokes a different aspect of this enchanting and much-loved city
  • Some stories translated for the first time
  • Spans three centuries of literature, witnessing the changes the city has been through
  • Covers a variety of genres, from mystery stories to the anecdotal, detective narratives to the lyrical

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 Paris Metro. 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, Aurélie Filipetti, and Arnaud Baignot. They present a vivid picture of Paris streets in a variety of literary styles and tones. Simenon's Maigret is called upon to solve a mystery on the Boulevard Beaumarchais; a flâneur 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 is discovered 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 Gérard de Nerval.


1: Rue des Degrés, Didier Daeninckx
2: Streets, Jean Follain
3: The Rendezvous, Guy de Maupassant
4: Tableau Parisien, Octave Mirbeau
5: Rue de la Tacherie, Arnaud Baignot
6: Old Iron, Émile Zola
7: Rue Saint Sulpice, Marcel Aymé
8: The Freedom of the Streets, Jacques Réda
9: A Rapist's Shout One Night in Montparanasse, Frédéric H. Fajardie
10: Lost Street Cries, Julien Green
11: Rue de la Chine, Joris-Karl Huysmans
12: The Affair in the Boulevard Beaumarchais, Georges Simenon
13: Rooftop over the Champs Elysées, Roland Dorgelès
14: The pigeon who shat on people, Vincent Ravalec
15: The Street is not enough, Aurélie Filipetti
16: Rue Pigalle, Francis Carco
17: The hold-up in the Rue Ordener, Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette
18: The Tree with three branches, Gisèle Prassinos
19: Rue de la Vieille Lanterne, David Constantine


Helen Constantine
Helen Constantine taught languages in schools until 2000, when she became a full-time translator. She has published three volumes of translated stories, Paris TalesParis Metro Tales, and French Tales. She is general editor of City Tales for Oxford University Press. Her translations include Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier and Dangerous Liaisons by Choderlos de Laclos for Penguin, The Wild Ass's Skin by Balzac, The Conquest of Plassans by Zola, and Flaubert's A Sentimental Education for OUP.
David Constantine
Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette
Francis Carco
Roland Dorgelès
Frédéric H. Fajardie
Jacques Réda
Marcel Aymé
Émile Zola
Octave Mirbeau
Guy de Maupassant
Jean Follain
Didier Daeninckx
Arnaud Baignot
Frank Filipetti
Georges Simenon
Joris-Karl Huysmans
Julien Green
Christiane Baroche

"this lovely collection will give you a real sense of the city's character, and I defy anyone to read it without a great longing to get there and explore." - Shiny New Books

"Often moody and always eccentric, the collectiondedicated to the memory of Parisians killed in recent attacks at Charlie Hebdo and the Bataclanuncovers the dark and light corners hidden in a city of interesting characters and exuberant history." - Publishers Weekly

"If you can't make it to the capital in person this October, sitting in a café with a glass of French wine and reading this book about Paris's streets and faces is the next best thing." - Living France

"A captivating read for all those who want to get a taste of classic French literature and love to lose themselves in the streets of Paris." - French Property News

"I enjoy short fiction as much as anything I read today, and this Oxford University Press publication reminds me why that is." - BookChase