Paris: The Secret History
Bloomsbury USA, 2006/11/28 - 485 ページ
If Adam Gopnik's Paris to the Moon described daily life in contemporary Paris, this book describes daily life in Paris throughout its history: a history of the city from the point of view of the Parisians themselves. Paris captures everyone's imaginations: It's a backdrop for Proust's fictional pederast, Robert Doisneau's photographic kiss, and Edith Piaf's serenaded soldier-lovers; a home as much to romance and love poems as to prostitution and opium dens. The many pieces of the city coexist, each one as real as the next. What's more, the conflicted identity of the city is visible everywhere-between cobblestones, in bars, on the métro.
In this lively and lucid volume, Andrew Hussey brings to life the urchins and artists who've left their marks on the city, filling in the gaps of a history that affected the disenfranchised as much as the nobility. Paris: The Secret History ranges across centuries, movements, and cultural and political beliefs, from Napoleon's overcrowded cemeteries to Balzac's nocturnal flight from his debts. For Hussey, Paris is a city whose long and conflicted history continues to thrive and change. The book's is a picaresque journey through royal palaces, brothels, and sidewalk cafés, uncovering the rich, exotic, and often lurid history of the world's most beloved city.
Andrew Hussey is a cultural historian and biographer. His previous book, a critically acclaimed biography of Guy Debord, was published in 2001. He is Lecturer in French studies at the University of Aberystwyth and divides his time between Ireland, Wales, and Paris.
Praise for Paris: The Secret History: "In his outrageously readable, impressively researched, shockingly violent alternative history of Paris, Andrew Hussey illuminates the city's gutters, stews, slaughters, riots, underbellies and crimes in the shadowy corners that Balzac relished. The result is, literally and figuratively, a fascinating riot of a book."-Simon Sebag Montefiore "Magnificent and
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Review: Paris: The Secret Historyユーザー レビュー - Long Ago Love - Goodreads
I purchased this book to use as historical research for a fiction novel I was writing set in 1870 Paris. The book spans many eras, but I was particularly interested in the 19th century years from 1800 ... レビュー全文を読む
Review: Paris: The Secret Historyユーザー レビュー - Sylvia Ttl - Goodreads
This book provides a decent overview of the Parisian's history, especially those unsavoury in nature. The writing style of the author is rather interesting, but narrative of certain historical events ... レビュー全文を読む