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The Invention of Paris: A History in Footsteps Hardcover – 1 Feb 2010

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Verso; First Edition edition (1 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844674118
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844674114
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 0.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 922,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is a thorough, intricate and estimable book. --Philip Hensher, Daily Telegraph "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 Thorpe, Guardian

Not just a history book, but a guide to what makes Paris the melting pot it is today… A wholly worthwhile read. --French Magazine

Hazan wants to rescue individual moments from general forgetting and key sites from the bland homogenisation of international city development; he is also a passionate left-wing historian seeking to rescue the truth of Paris's revolutionary past from the historiographical equivalent of Haussmannisation the blasting through and laying waste to the lives and memories of the unimportant, the marginalised, the losers of the last two centuries. --Julian Barnes, London Review of Books

About the Author

ERIC HAZAN is the founder of the publisher La Fabrique and the author of several books, including Notes on the Occupation.


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Format: Hardcover
Well yes actually and one that anyone with even a passing interest in the city should read. Written by a man who obviously loves the city, and excellently translated by the way, this is an in depth study of the Paris that is predominantly hidden, the ordinary and extraordinary people who have walked its streets and some of the humdrum and epic events that have taken place on them, the boulevards and squares. For all that the writer's politics are a tad left of centre, don't let any perceived political bias stop you reading this book as even if you might not agree with some of his sentiments, the author's passion shines through allowing the stories to flow in an erudite but easily digested way. I have to knock off one star though because with the fulsome footnotes and lack of decent maps (keep a map handy for clarity when reading) or illustrations the actual reading experience is somewhat spoiled. Hopefully this cam be addressed when the paperback comes out
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Format: Paperback
Coming up for what must be my 15th visit to Paris I have read many guidebooks and histories of the city and this one is up with the best! I find myself sitting with a street map of Paris as I read and, while this slows down the reading, it brings the book to life.
I have new insight into the development of the city and I am very much looking forward to sharing the new nooks and crannies with my group in Paris.
An excellent addition to my Paris library!
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Adds to the fascination of this great City. Buy it, Read it and enjoy it ! Increased my knowledge whilst raising my inquisitveness, can't wait to return to Paris and explore !
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Great stuff, though do make sure you have a map of Paris by your side as you'll constantly have to keep referring to it (that's a compliment!).
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