Paris Vagabond

Paris Vagabond Author Jean-Paul Clebert
ISBN-10 9781590179581
Year 2016-04-12
Pages 336
Language en
Publisher New York Review of Books
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An NYRB Classic Original Jean-Paul Clébert was a boy from a respectable middle-class family who ran away from school, joined the French Resistance, and never looked back. Making his way to Paris at the end of World War II, Clébert took to living on the streets, and in Paris Vagabond, a so-called “aleatory novel” assembled out of sketches he jotted down at the time, he tells what it was like. His “gallery of faces and cityscapes on the road to extinction” is an astonishing depiction of a world apart—a Paris, long since vanished, of the poor, the criminal, and the outcast—and a no less astonishing feat of literary improvisation: Its long looping breathless sentences, streetwise, profane, lyrical, incantatory, are an adventure in their own right. Praised on publication by the great novelist and poet Blaise Cendrars and embraced by the young Situationists as a kind of manual for living off the grid, Paris Vagabond—here published with the starkly striking photographs of Clébert’s friend Patrice Molinard—is a raw and celebratory evocation of the life of a city and the underside of life.

Paris Vagabond

Paris Vagabond Author Jean-Paul Clebert
ISBN-10 1590179579
Year 2016-03-15
Pages 352
Language en
Publisher NYRB Classics
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Paris Vagabond is an unclassifiable masterpiece, a book that purports to be a novel but, accompanied as it is by the photographs of Patrice Molinard, is as much a brilliant documentary as a work of the imagination. In rich prose, suffused with the language of the street, and brilliantly rendered in English by Donald Nicholson-Smith, Jean-Paul Clébert captures the essence of a long-gone Paris of the poor, the criminal, and the outcast: a society of outsiders beyond the social pale. Clébert's is a genuinely anarchist voice, a free spirit who was an intrepid explorer of a Paris that was in many places practically ruinous but where the poor were not yet completely marginalized. He was also a true writer's writer, hailed by his mentor and friend Blaise Cendrars and admired by Henry Miller, who said that reading Paris Vagabond "roiled my guts."

Paris Noir

Paris Noir Author Jacques Yonnet
ISBN-10 9781907650369
Year 2011-03-31
Pages 280
Language en
Publisher SCB Distributors
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The darker side of the Parisian Left Bank in the 1940s, with supernatural elements.

Paris and Elsewhere

Paris and Elsewhere Author Richard Cobb
ISBN-10 9781590170823
Year 2004
Pages 334
Language en
Publisher New York Review of Books
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He continued, however, to spend as much time as he could in France, where he was made a member of the legion d'honneur. Cobb's many historical studies include The People's Armies and The Police and the People: French Popular Protest, 1789-1820. He also wrote a memoir, The End of the Line, as well as many articles about French life and literature."--BOOK JACKET.

The Other Paris

The Other Paris Author Luc Sante
ISBN-10 9780571325870
Year 2015-11-03
Pages 352
Language en
Publisher Faber & Faber
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Paris, the City of Light. We think of it as the city of the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, of white faades, discreet traffic and well-mannered exchanges. But there was another Paris, hidden from view and virtually extinct today - the Paris of the working and criminal classes that shaped the city over the past two centuries. In the voices of Balzac and Hugo, assorted boulevardiers, barflies, rabble-rousers and tramps, Sante takes the reader on a vividjourney through the seamy underside of Paris: the improvised accommodations of the original bohemians; the flea markets, the rubbish tips, and the hovels. The Other Paris is a lively tour of labour conditions, prostitution, drinking, crime, and popular entertainment, of the reporters, raliste singers, pamphleteers, serial novelists, and poets who chronicled their evolution. It upends the story of the French capital, reclaiming the city from the bon vivants and the speculators, and lighting a candle to the works and days of the forgotten poor.

The Vagabond

The Vagabond Author Colette
ISBN-10 9780486120751
Year 2012-03-07
Pages 208
Language en
Publisher Courier Corporation
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A vivid portrait of Parisian music hall life, this 1910 novel reflects the adventures of the author of Gigi as a dancer as well as her struggles balancing respectability and freedom.

Down and Out in Paris and London

Down and Out in Paris and London Author George Orwell
ISBN-10 9780141906188
Year 2001-09-27
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher Penguin UK
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'You have talked so often of going to the dogs - and well, here are the dogs, and you have reached them.' George Orwell's vivid memoir of his time among the desperately poor and destitute in London and Paris is a moving tour of the underworld of society. Here he painstakingly documents a world of unrelenting drudgery and squalor - sleeping in bug-infested hostels and doss houses, working as a dishwasher in the vile 'Hôtel X', living alongside tramps, surviving on scraps and cigarette butts - in an unforgettable account of what being down and out is really like. Includes an introduction by Dervla Murphy, as well as definitive footnotes assigned to Orwell.

Young Once

Young Once Author Patrick Modiano
ISBN-10 9781590179567
Year 2016-03-08
Pages 176
Language en
Publisher New York Review of Books
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AN NYRB CLASSICS ORIGINAL Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature Young Once is a crucial book in the career of Nobel laureate Patrick Modiano. It was his breakthrough novel, in which he stripped away the difficulties of his earlier work and found a clear, mysteriously moving voice for his haunting stories of love, nostalgia, and grief. It has also been called “the most gripping Modiano book of all” (Der Spiegel). Odile and Louis are leading a happy, bucolic life with their two children in the French countryside near the Swiss mountains. It is Odile’s thirty-fifth birthday, and Louis’s thirty-fifth birthday is a few weeks away. Then the story shifts back to their early years: Louis, just freed from his military service and at loose ends, is taken up by a shady character who brings him to Paris to do some work for a friend who manages a garage; Odile, an aspiring singer, is at the mercy of the kindness and unkindness of strangers. In a Paris that is steeped in crime and full of secrets, they find each other and struggle together to create what, looking back, will have been their youth.

The Curse of Beauty

The Curse of Beauty Author James Bone
ISBN-10 9781942872030
Year 2016-04-12
Pages 336
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster
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"Once the most famous model in America, a story of the extraordinary success her beauty brought her and the terrible price she paid for it"--Jacket.

Existential Monday

Existential Monday Author Benjamin Fondane
ISBN-10 159017898X
Year 2016-01-19
Pages 176
Language en
Publisher New York Review of Books
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Benjamin Fondane--who was born and educated in Romania, moved as an adult to Paris, lived for a time in Buenos Aires, where he was close to Victoria Ocampo, Jorge Luis Borges's friend and publisher, and died in Auschwitz--was an artist and thinker who found in every limit, in every border, "a torture and a spur." Poet, critic, man of the theater, movie director, Fondane was the most daring of the existentialists, a metaphysical anarchist, affirming individual against those great abstractions that limit human freedom--the State, History, the Law, the Idea. Existential Monday is the first selection of his philosophical work to appear in English. Here Fondane, until now little-known except to specialists, emerges as one of the great French philosophers of the twentieth century.

Quicksilver

Quicksilver Author Neal Stephenson
ISBN-10 9781446440506
Year 2012-05-31
Pages 944
Language en
Publisher Random House
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As extraordinary an achievement as Cryptonomicon, Quicksilver is Neal Stephenson's first novel in his acclaimed Baroque Cycle. Neal Stephenson follows his international bestseller, the WWII thriller Cryptonomicon, with a novel set in the 16th and 17th centuries, in a world of war, scientific, religious and political turmoil. With a cast of characters that includes Newton, Leibniz, Christopher Wren, Charles II, Cromwell and the young Benjamin Franklin, Stephenson again shows his extraordinary ability to get inside a place and time; as he did for the futures of his science fiction (Snowcrash,The Diamond Age) and for WWII (Cryptonomicon), here he does for the England of the Civil War and the Europe of the Wars of Religion and the Scientific Revolution. Quicksilver is yet another tour-de-force from a writer who is simply unique.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame Author Victor Hugo
ISBN-10 9780486114507
Year 2012-06-11
Pages 448
Language en
Publisher Courier Corporation
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A gypsy girl's beauty and charm captivate a priest, a vagabond, a soldier, and a deformed bell-ringer, in a gripping tale that culminates in a riot and murder.

The Glory of the Empire

The Glory of the Empire Author Jean D'Ormesson
ISBN-10 9781590179666
Year 2016-05-03
Pages 432
Language en
Publisher New York Review of Books
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The Glory of the Empire is the rich and absorbing history of an extraordinary empire, at one point a rival to Rome. Rulers such as Basil the Great of Onessa, who founded the Empire but whose treacherous ways made him a byword for infamy, and the romantic Alexis the bastard, who dallied in the fleshpots of Egypt, studied Taoism and Buddhism, returned to save the Empire from civil war, and then retired “to learn to die,” come alive in The Glory of the Empire, along with generals, politicians, prophets, scoundrels, and others. Jean d’Ormesson also goes into the daily life of the Empire, its popular customs, and its contribution to the arts and the sciences, which, as he demonstrates, exercised an influence on the world as a whole, from the East to the West, and whose repercussions are still felt today. But it is all fiction, a thought experiment worthy of Jorge Luis Borges, and in the end The Glory of the Empire emerges as a great shimmering mirage, filling us with wonder even as it makes us wonder at the fugitive nature of power and the meaning of history itself.

When the World Spoke French

When the World Spoke French Author Marc Fumaroli
ISBN-10 1590173759
Year 2011
Pages 519
Language en
Publisher New York Review of Books
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Discusses the men and women who conversed and corresponded in French on both sides of the Atlantic following the ideals of the Enlightenment.

Cinepoems and Others

Cinepoems and Others Author Benjamin Fondane
ISBN-10 9781590179017
Year 2016-05-17
Pages 240
Language en
Publisher New York Review of Books
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Benjamin Fondane was that rarest of poets: an experimental formalist with a powerful lyric poetic voice; a renegade surrealist who was also a highly original existential philosopher; a self-consciously Jewish poet of diaspora and loss, whose last manuscripts made it out of Drancy in 1944 just before his deportation to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where he was murdered, yet whose poetry speaks of an overflowing plenitude. This bilingual selection is the first volume of Fondane’s poetry to appear in English, and it includes a broad sample of his work, from the coruscating and comic cinepoems of his surrealist years, to philosophical meditations, to poems that in their secular and mystical Judaism confront the historical calamity—and imaginative triumph—of European Jewry.