The other Paris /

by Sante, Luc [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.Edition: First edition.Description: 306 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9780374299323; 0374299323.Subject(s): Paris (France) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century | Paris (France) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century | City and town life -- France -- Paris -- History | Poor -- France -- Paris -- History | Working class -- France -- Paris -- History | Criminals -- France -- Paris -- History | Eccentrics and eccentricities -- France -- Paris -- History | Paris (France) -- Social conditions | Paris (France) -- Description and travel | France -- Paris | 1800 - 1999 | History
Contents:
Capital -- Ghosts -- Pantruche -- Zone -- La Canaille -- Archipelago -- Le Business -- Saint Monday -- Show People -- Mort aux Vaches -- The Insurgents -- The Game.
Scope and content: "A vivid investigation into the seamy underside of nineteenth and twentieth century Paris"-- Provided by publisher.Scope and content: "A trip through Paris as it will never be again--dark and dank and poor and slapdash and truly bohemian Paris, the City of Light. The city of the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, of soft cheese and fresh baguettes. Or so tourist brochures would have you believe. In The Other Paris, Luc Sante reveals the city's hidden past, its seamy underside--one populated by working and criminal classes that, though virtually extinct today, have shaped Paris over the past two centuries. Drawing on testimony from a great range of witnesses--from Balzac and Hugo to assorted boulevardiers, rabble-rousers, and tramps--Sante, whose thorough research is matched only by the vividness of his narration, takes the reader on a whirlwind tour. Richly illustrated with more than three hundred images, The Other Paris scuttles through the knotted streets of pre-Haussmann Paris; through the improvised accommodations of the original bohemians; through the massive garbage dump at Montfaucon, active until 1849, in which, 'at any given time the carcasses of 12,000 horses were left to rot.' A wildly lively survey of labor conditions, prostitution, drinking, crime, and popular entertainment, of the reporters, realiste singers, pamphleteers, and poets who chronicled their evolution, The Other Paris is a book meant to upend the story of the French capital, to reclaim the city from the bon vivants and the speculators, and to hold a light to the works and days of the forgotten poor"-- Provided by publisher.
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<p> A trip through Paris as it will never be again-dark and dank and poor and slapdash and truly bohemian <br> <br> Paris, the City of Light, the city of fine dining and seductive couture and intellectual hauteur, was until fairly recently always accompanied by its shadow: the city of the poor, the outcast, the criminal, the eccentric, the willfully nonconforming. In The Other Paris , Luc Sante gives us a panoramic view of that second metropolis, which has nearly vanished but whose traces are in the bricks and stones of the contemporary city, in the culture of France itself, and, by extension, throughout the world.Drawing on testimony from a great range of witnesses-from Balzac and Hugo to assorted boulevardiers, rabble-rousers, and tramps-Sante, whose thorough research is matched only by the vividness of his narration, takes the reader on a whirlwind tour. Richly illustrated with more than three hundred images, The Other Paris scuttles through the knotted streets of pre-Haussmann Paris, through the improvised accommodations of the original bohemians, through the whorehouses and dance halls and hobo shelters of the old city.</p> <p>A lively survey of labor conditions, prostitution, drinking, crime, and popular entertainment, and of the reporters, réaliste singers, pamphleteers, and poets who chronicled their evolution, The Other Paris is a book meant to upend the story of the French capital, to reclaim the city from the bons vivants and the speculators, and to hold a light to the works and lives of those expunged from its center by the forces of profit.</p>

"A vivid investigation into the seamy underside of nineteenth and twentieth century Paris"-- Provided by publisher.

"A trip through Paris as it will never be again--dark and dank and poor and slapdash and truly bohemian Paris, the City of Light. The city of the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, of soft cheese and fresh baguettes. Or so tourist brochures would have you believe. In The Other Paris, Luc Sante reveals the city's hidden past, its seamy underside--one populated by working and criminal classes that, though virtually extinct today, have shaped Paris over the past two centuries. Drawing on testimony from a great range of witnesses--from Balzac and Hugo to assorted boulevardiers, rabble-rousers, and tramps--Sante, whose thorough research is matched only by the vividness of his narration, takes the reader on a whirlwind tour. Richly illustrated with more than three hundred images, The Other Paris scuttles through the knotted streets of pre-Haussmann Paris; through the improvised accommodations of the original bohemians; through the massive garbage dump at Montfaucon, active until 1849, in which, 'at any given time the carcasses of 12,000 horses were left to rot.' A wildly lively survey of labor conditions, prostitution, drinking, crime, and popular entertainment, of the reporters, realiste singers, pamphleteers, and poets who chronicled their evolution, The Other Paris is a book meant to upend the story of the French capital, to reclaim the city from the bon vivants and the speculators, and to hold a light to the works and days of the forgotten poor"-- Provided by publisher.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-285) and index.

Capital -- Ghosts -- Pantruche -- Zone -- La Canaille -- Archipelago -- Le Business -- Saint Monday -- Show People -- Mort aux Vaches -- The Insurgents -- The Game.

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Library Journal Review

In his first book, 1991's Low Life, Sante explores New York City's brutal past. Here he uses the idea of the flâneur, a stroller who is familiar with a cityscape by walking along its sidewalks, to walk the listener through the past of the City of Light. Sante believes that the old Paris, with rich and poor inhabitants sharing space intimately, was preferable to the current separation. Spending time with and sharing examples from authors, leaders, artists, and luminaries from throughout the history of Paris is quite interesting, but Sante's style can be confusing for those not familiar with Paris's layout and districts. Sante narrates his own work admirably, moving between English and occasional French with ease. Verdict The print book, which includes many images and illustrations, will be a better purchase. This title will have limited appeal for most listeners; however, fans of everything Paris will find it interesting. ["A fascinating stroll through a vanished, wild past": LJ 8/15 review of the Farrar hc.]-Jason L. Steagall, -Gateway Technical Coll. Lib., Elkhorn, WI © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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