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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (April 10 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199579806
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199579808
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 1.8 x 13 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 435 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,703,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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!
Great title Sept. 27 2014
By Ruth Paget - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
We need to do a matched two-volume set.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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.