By Graham Robb
The New York Times bestseller: the secrets and techniques of the town of sunshine, published within the lives of the good, the near-great, and the forgotten—by the writer of the acclaimed The Discovery of France.
this can be the Paris you by no means knew. From the Revolution to the current, Graham Robb has distilled a sequence of marvelous precise narratives, all stranger than fiction, of the lives of the nice, the near-great, and the forgotten.
a tender artillery lieutenant, walking throughout the Palais-Royal, observes disapprovingly the courtesans plying their exchange. a selected lady catches his eye; nature takes its direction. Later that evening Napoleon Bonaparte writes a meticulous account of his first sexual come across. A well-dressed lady, fleeing the Louvre, takes a fallacious flip and loses her method within the anonymous streets of the Left financial institution. For wish of a map—there have been no trustworthy ones on the time—Marie-Antoinette will visit the guillotine.
Baudelaire, the photographer Marville, Baron Haussmann, the real-life Mimi of los angeles Boheme, Proust, Adolf Hitler traveling the occupied capital within the corporation of his generals, Charles de Gaulle (who is suspected of getting faked an assassination try out in Notre Dame)—these and plenty of extra are Robb’s solid of characters, and the settings variety from the quarries and catacombs underneath the streets to the grand monuments to the appalling suburbs ringing the town at the present time. the result's a resonant, intimate background with the facility of a superb novel. sixteen pages of full-color illustrations