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The Invention of Paris: A History in Footsteps

The Invention of Paris: A History in Footsteps

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 raconteur's ear for a story with a historian's command of the facts, he introduces an incomparable cast of characters: the literati, the philosophers and the artists-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 capital's vibrant and bloody past, revealing the city in striking new colors.

Preface to the English-Language Edition: A Few More Wrinkles

Part One: Walkways

Chapter 1. Psychogeography of the Boundary

Chapter 2. Old Paris: The Quarters - THE RIGHT BANK QUARTERS

THE LEFT BANK QUARTERS

Chapter 3. New Paris: The Faubourgs - THE RIGHT BANK FAUBOURGS

THE LEFT BANK FAUBOURGS

Chapter 4. New Paris: The Villages - THE LEFT BANK VILLAGES

THE RIGHT BANK VILLAGES

Part Two: Red Paris

Chapter 5. Red Paris

Chapter 6. Flâneurs

Chapter 7. The Visual Image