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Paris Metro Tales [Paperback]

Helen Constantine

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April 10 2011
Following on from Helen Constantine's hugely successful Paris Tales, the twenty-two short stories included in More Metro Tales take the reader on an fascinating journey around Paris by metro. The journey begins at the Gare du Nord, stops at twenty underground stations along the way, and ends at Lamarck-Caulaincourt. Some of these stories actually take place in the metro itself, but most are to be found when you emerge above ground. They range from the 15th-century account of the miraculous Saint Genevieve, patron saint of Paris, through tales by favourite writers such as Zola, Simenon, and Maupassant, to Martine Delerm's evocation of the last hours of Modigliani's mistress, Jeanne Hebuterne. Gerard de Nerval evokes the thriving, bustling market in Les Halles in the 1850s; Colette recounts her involvement in a traffic accident near the Opera; Boulanger describes a blackly funny experience in Pere Lachaise. Each story is illustrated with a black-and-white photograph and there is a map and suggested itinerary round the metro system. Readers will find familiar and unfamiliar writers here, but all are masterly writers of the short story and each evokes a different aspect of this endlessly intriguing and much-loved city, whether the traveller is on the metro or at home sitting in an armchair.

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"The glittering surfaces of Haussmann's Paris are scratched and scrunched up into something far more elemental in Paris Metro Tales... Helen Constantine, whose unfussy translations are for the ages, has included stories from lesser known contemporary writers who are not often translated into English." --Tobias Grey, The Wall Street Journal

About the Author

Helen Constantine taught languages in schools until 2000, when she became a full-time translator. She has published two volumes of translated stories, Paris Tales and French Tales, and is currently editing a series of City Tales for Oxford University Press. She has translated Mademoiselle de Maupin by Theophile Gautier and Dangerous Liaisons by Choderlos de Laclos for Penguin. She is married to the writer David Constantine and with him edits the international magazine Modern Poetry in Translation.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Metro is the nervous system of Paris. Aug. 31 2013
By Thilo Ullmann-Zahn - Published on
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How many stories revolve around the map of the Paris Metro this little book, with a judicious selection of authors, makes clear. Each of the tales happens in a different quartier, denominated by the nearest Metro stop. A delightful idea. Anybody who has spent some time in Paris, will have had some experience, some episode vertebrated by the Metro.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful light reading Oct. 8 2012
By 500metersdeepblue - Published on
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Stories are not long, easy to pick up the stories anywhere and finish them fairly quickly ;-) I like the pictures in this book, they seem to follow the story line, which make the stories more enjoyable!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great title Sept. 27 2014
By Ruth Paget - Published on
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We need to do a matched two-volume set.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly related to the metro May 19 2013
By Barbara - Published on
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Some of the stories were quite good but others were not of particular interest. I know the metro system well and couldn't connect many of the stories to the stations.

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