Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Invention of Paris

The Invention of Paris
Eric Hazan, Verso Books , 2010
The Invention of Paris is a tour through the streets and history of the capital under the guidance of radical Parisian author and publisher Eric Hazan.
Hazan introduces a city whose squares echo with the riots, rebellions and revolutions of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Combining the raconteur’s ear for a story with a historian’s command of the facts, he introduces an incomparable cast of characters: the literati, the philosophers and the artists – Balzac, Baudelaire, Blanqui, Flaubert, Hugo, Manet, and Proust, of course; but also Doisneau, Nerval and Rousseau.

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