Parisians

An Adventure History of Paris

By Graham Robb; Simon Vance (Read by)
(Tantor Media Inc, Compact Disc, 9781400117109)

Publication Date: May 2010

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Description
This is the Paris you never knew. From the Revolution to the present, Graham Robb has distilled a series of astonishing true narratives, all stranger than fiction.
A young artillery lieutenant, strolling through the Palais-Royal, observes disapprovingly the courtesans plying their trade. A particular woman catches his eye; nature takes its course. Later that night, Napoleon Bonaparte writes a meticulous account of his first sexual encounter.
An aristocratic woman, fleeing the Louvre, takes a wrong turn and loses her way in the nameless streets of the Left Bank. For want of a map there were no reliable ones at the time Marie-Antoinette will go to the guillotine.
Baudelaire, Baron Haussmann, the real-life Mimi of "La Boheme," Proust, Charles de Gaulle (who is suspected of having faked an assassination attempt on himself in Notre Dame) these and many more make up Robb's cast of characters. The result is a resonant, intimate history with the power of a great novel.



About the Author
Graham Robb is the award-winning biographer of Balzac, Victor Hugo, and Rimbaud. His other books include The Discovery of France, Parisians, and Strangers: Homosexual Love in the Nineteenth Century. He lives in Oxford, England.

Simon Vance is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won twelve prestigious AudieAwards and was "Booklist" s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.
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