by Eric Hazan, translated by David Fernbach - £23.99 Verso Books (2011)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781844677054 | ISBN 10: 1844677052
A radical guide to Paris through art, literature and revolution.
The Invention of Paris is a tour through the streets and history of the French capital under the guidance of radical Parisian author and publisher Eric Hazan.
Hazan reveals a city whose squares echo with the riots, rebellions and revolutions of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Combining the raconteurís ear for a story with a historianís command of the facts, he introduces an incomparable cast of characters: the literati, the philosophers and the artists ó Balzac, Baudelaire, Blanqui, Flaubert, Hugo, Maney, and Proust, of course; but also Doisneau, Nerval and Rousseau.
It is a Paris dyed a deep red in its convictions. It is haunted and vitalized by the history of the barricades, which Hazan retells in rich detail. The Invention of Paris opens a window on the forgotten byways of the capitalís vibrant and bloody past, revealing the city in striking new colors.
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