Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris (Paperback)

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    This is the Paris you never knew. From the Revolution to the present, Graham Robb has distilled a series of astonishing true narratives, all stranger than fiction, of the lives of the great, the near-great, and the forgotten.

    A young artillery lieutenant, strolling through the Palais-Royal, observes disapprovingly the courtesans plying their trade. A particular woman catches his eye; nature takes its course. Later that night Napoleon Bonaparte writes a meticulous account of his first sexual encounter. A well-dressed woman, fleeing the Louvre, takes a wrong turn and loses her way in the nameless streets of the Left Bank. For want of a map—there were no reliable ones at the time—Marie-Antoinette will go to the guillotine.

    Baudelaire, the photographer Marville, Baron Haussmann, the real-life Mimi of La Boheme, Proust, Adolf Hitler touring the occupied capital in the company of his generals, Charles de Gaulle (who is suspected of having faked an assassination attempt in Notre Dame)—these and many more are Robb’s cast of characters, and the settings range from the quarries and catacombs beneath the streets to the grand monuments to the appalling suburbs ringing the city today. The result is a resonant, intimate history with the power of a great novel.

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    ISBN 9780393339734
    Genre HISTORY / Europe / France
    Format Paperback
    Pages 476
    Publisher Date 2011-04-11 00:00:00.0
    Publisher W W Norton & Co Inc
    Copyright Year 2011
    Height 8.0 in
    Wdth 5.5 in
    Thickness 1.0 in
    Unit weight 0.85 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle An Adventure History of Paris
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Robb, Graham
    Country of Origin United States
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