The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue des Martyrs


The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue des Martyrs Author Elaine Sciolino
ISBN-10 0393353400
ISBN-13 9780393353402
Year 2016-11-01
Pages 320
Language English
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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A New York Times Bestseller Sciolinos sharply observed account serves as a testament to Paris the city of light of literature of life itself The New YorkerElaine Sciolino the former Paris Bureau Chief of the New York Times invites us on a tour of her favorite Parisian street offering an homage to street life and the pleasures of Parisian living I can never be sad on the rue des Martyrs Sciolino explains as she celebrates the neighborhoods rich history and vibrant lives While many cities suffer from the leveling effects of globalization the rue des Martyrs maintains its distinct allure On this street the patron saint of France was beheaded and the Jesuits took their first vows It was here that Edgar Degas and Pierre Auguste Renoir painted circus acrobats Emile Zola situated a lesbian dinner club in his novel Nana and Franois Truffaut filmed scenes from The 400 Blows Sciolino reveals the charms and idiosyncrasies of this street and its longtime residentsthe Tunisian greengrocer the husband and wife cheesemongers the showman whos been running a transvestite cabaret for more than half a century the owner of a 100 year old bookstore the woman who repairs eighteenth century mercury barometersbringing Paris alive in all of its unique majesty The Only Street in Paris will make readers hungry for Paris for cheese and wine and for the kind of street life that is all too quickly disappearing 25 photographs

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