Paris Tales

ISBN : 9780192805744

Helen Constantine
256 ページ
128 x 196 mm
  • Paris is the most visited city in the world; these evocative stories - by writers such as Maupassant, Colette, and Zola - will enchant the visitor and armchair traveller alike
  • Unique in exploring the city through literature set in different quartiers; photographs and maps will complement the stories and create a literary tour of Paris
  • Stories have been translated by the highly experienced Helen Constantine, whose work has appeared in Penguin Classics
  • First title in what is hoped will become a series of literary tours of key capital cities

Paris Tales is a highly evocative collection of stories by French and Francophone writers who have been inspired by specific 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, and viewing it through the eyes of characters such as the provincial lawyer's wife seeking excitement, a runaway schoolboy sleeping rough, and a lottery-winning policeman. 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.


1: Nightmare, Guy de Maupassant
2: The Green Monster, Gérard de Nerval
3: The Last Napoleon, Honoré de Balzac
4: Squares, Emile Zola
5: A Parisian Adventure, Guy de Maupassant
6: Montmartre Cemetery, Colette
7: The Gare Saint-Lazare, Michael Butor
8: A House in the Place des Fêtes, Roger Grenier
9: The Twentieth Arrondissement, Léon-Paul Fargue
10: In Notre-Dame, Julien Green
11: The Runaway, Georges Perec
12: Rue du Commerce, Jacques Réda
13: Plan of Occupancy, Jean Echenoz
14: The Adventure, Cyrille Fleischman
15: What Goes on in Saint-Germain, Anna Gavalda
16: Manuscript Found at Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Frédédric Beigbeder
17: The Man with the Collecting Box, Didier Daeninckx
18: The Joyful Death of Fassola, Andrée Chedid
19: Blind Experiment, Hugo Marsan
20: Feeding the Hungry, Vincent Ravalec
21: Family Portrait, Maryse Condé
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Helen Constantine

Guy de Maupassant
Gérard de Nerval
Honoré de Balzac
Emile Zola
Guy de Maupassant
Michael Butor
Roger Grenier
Léon-Paul Fargue
Julien Green
Georges Perec
Jacques Réda
Jean Echenoz
Cyrille Fleischman
Anna Gavalda
Frédédric Beigbeder
Didier Daeninckx
Andrée Chedid
Hugo Marsan
Vincent Ravalec
Maryse Condé

"An engaging collection of short stories." - Nigel Tisdall, Daily Telegraph (Travel)

"Would-be flaneurs and Paris lovers will enjoy Helen Constantine's collection. What emerges... is a powerful affinity between Paris and the fantastic." - TLS

"...excellent and wide-ranging collection" - The Times