The Other Paris

The Other Paris

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 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… (more)

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An extraordinary and sometimes appalling submersion in nostalgie de la boue and French social problems, which takes on an added gravity in the wake of recent tragic events.

If Sante’s book sometimes overwhelms with encyclopedic density, its great virtue is to send the reader down investigative paths of his own.

“The Other Paris” shouldn’t discourage anyone from visiting the city. As a guidebook to a territory of ghosts and an homage to the writers who preserved their memories, it may even encourage tourism of the vanished sites.


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Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 27, 2015)

Collection: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Language: English


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