The Invention of Paris

The Invention of Paris:A History in Footsteps

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A radical guide to Paris through art, literature and revolution

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.

Reviews

  • [Hazan] stalks the capital, fulminating about the nineteenth and twentieth centuries’ artistic and political rebellions.

    Bookforum
  • Detailed, passionate ... Any visit to [Paris] would be made richer by taking the time to read Hazan’s book.

    Angela MeyerBookslut
  • This is a wondrous book, either to be read at home with a decent map, or carried about sur place through areas no tourists bother with.

    Adam ThorpeThe Guardian