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    DescriptionThis 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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    Title
    Parisians
    Subtitle
    An Adventure History of Paris
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Graham Robb
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 496
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 241 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 862 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780393067248
    ISBN 10: 0393067246
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HB
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: HIS013000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET050
    Ingram Theme: CULT/FRANCE
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 17
    B&T Approval Code: A15202030
    DC22: 944/.361, 944.361
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC region code: 1.2.2.0.0.0.0
    LC classification: DC723 .R63 2010
    Thema V1.0: NHD
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, colour illustrations, maps
    Publisher
    WW Norton & Co
    Imprint name
    WW Norton & Co
    Publication date
    18 June 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    Robb, in employing the techniques of the novelist, animates his characters mainly for 'the pleasure of thinking about Paris.' That pleasure is also the reader's. --Brenda Wineapple"
    Back cover copy
    Praise for The Discovery of France by Graham Robb: A New York Times Notable Book of the Year A Slate Best Book of the Year A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year Winner of the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize Rid your mind of the idea suggested by the title that this is an ordinary book. Literary Review An exhilarating account of how the geographical entity that has become France emerged out of the jumbled mosaic of its unconnected parts. The Independent Brilliant. Robb, who writes beautifully, . . . has accomplished quite a feat. He has reintroduced France to itself. New York Times Scintillating and resourceful. Harper s For his meticulous research, [Robb] deserves a standing ovation . . . to paraphrase Proust, this is a priceless glimpse into history. Seattle Times"