Paris Metro Tales

Author: Helen Constantine

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191624993

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 336

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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 Hébuterne. Gérard de Nerval evokes the thriving, bustling market in Les Halles in the 1850s; Colette recounts her involvement in a traffic accident near the Opéra; Boulanger describes a blackly funny experience in Père 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 Paris Metro

A Ticket to French History

Author: Susan L. Plotkin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780738852478

Category: History

Page: 405

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“The metro may be a mere hundred years old but it tells a tale of France twenty times as long. The story begins in the fifth century BC when wild Celtic tribes roamed the countryside of Gaul. Then Julius Caesar imposed a Roman rule that lasted five hundred years and forced the Celts to settle down. All that seems like only yesterday to a Frenchman because those Celts and Romans are close friends to every reader of the French comic book series Asterix. Asterix and his fellow Celts live quite happily in a small, fortified enclave in Brittany in northwestern France. Their idyllic, primitive existence is occasionally intruded upon by those nasty Roman conquerors, but the Celts always manage to get the best of the Romans despite great odds… “Alésia - (Métro Line 4). The Battle of Alésia (52 BC) is the oldest event commemorated in the Paris Metro. The Celtic warrior Vercingétorix managed to unite competing tribes against the Romans in one last attempt to save Gallic independence. It was not an easy task. It was difficult to live with, let alone lead, these autonomous, quarrelsome groups. Vercingétorix planned to wage hit-and-run guerrilla warfare- to starve the Romans into defeat by destroying the crops in their path as they penetrated deeper into Gaul in pursuit of the pesky Celts. In the town of Bourges the local population refused to allow the destruction of their wheat - a fatal mistake. Caesar descended on the town and confiscated it for his hungry troops. With renewed energy the Romans gave chase. The Celts retreated to a high plateau called Alésia, where they were quickly surrounded by Caesar’s forces. “The table was now turned. Caesar built a fortification around Alésia, twelve and a half miles in circumference. It consisted of a double row of spikes, one facing inward and the other outward, which prevented both escape and the re-provisioning of the rebels. The Celts had only a month´s worth of provisions but somehow they held out for two by which time the men were famished and exhausted. Vercingétorix surrendered. Few lives had been lost in battle but countless numbers died of starvation. Vercingétorix was imprisoned in Rome where six years later when he was all but forgotten Caesar had him strangled to death… “Both the Celts who lost and the Romans who won have contributed much to French culture, so it’s a tricky thing for the French to say whether Alésia was a victory or a defeat. One thing is clear: in real life, the Celts did not always win. “In the end, it was most likely the mountains of horse manure that gave birth to the Paris Metro. During the last quarter of the 19th century, Paris did not lack the means of transport. What it patently lacked was a transportation system. There were competing omnibus lines, trams, trains and private conveyances, all overlapping, most taking roundabout routes throughout the city, hindering one another and certainly hindering business. “Forty lines of horse-drawn omnibuses traversed Paris in 1870 and ten thousand horses were required to pull them. The maintenance of the horses ate up fifty percent of the entire company budget. Each omnibus held about 20 passengers, half of them riding on top of the carriage. By the turn of the century the omnibuses carried as many as forty people each, still with many sitting on the carriage roof. The roads were made of cobblestones or wood planks or sometimes just hardened mud; there were no shock absorbers on the carriages; and the stench from the horse manure was overwhelming. One hundred million passengers used the omnibuses that year, probably half of them holding perfumed handkerchiefs to their noses to ward off the stench.”
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Paris Metro: A Novel

Author: Wendell Steavenson

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393609790

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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The tense and timely story of an Anglo-American journalist in Paris compelled to confront her own fears as terrorism threatens to engulf her family. From the American invasion of Iraq in 2003 to the terrorist attacks in Paris in 2015, Paris Metro is a story of East meets West. Kit, a reporter, has spent several years after 9/11 living in the Middle East, working as a correspondent for an American newspaper. Moving between war-torn Baghdad, riots in Beirut, Syria during the Arab Spring, and Greece in the midst of a refugee crisis, she befriends insurgents, fundamentalists and soldiers, diplomats, middlemen, and monks, determined to understand and tell their story. Along the way she falls in love and marries a charismatic Iraqi diplomat named Ahmed, before their separation leaves Kit raising their teenage son alone in Paris. But after the Charlie Hebdo attack occurs and, a few months later, terrorists storm the Bataclan, Kit’s core beliefs are shattered. The violence she had spent years covering abroad is now on her doorstep. What is the point of truth and tolerance when everything is blowing up around you? As Kit struggles with her grief and confusion, she begins to mistrust those closest to her: her friends, her husband, even her own son. Paris Metro is a taut and propulsive story of two cultures colliding under the same roof; of love, betrayal, and misunderstandings within families; and of the universal quest to find home.
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Paris

Author: Gabriele Christine Schenk-Sedlmeier

Publisher: ADAC Verlag DE

ISBN: 9783899052480

Category:

Page: 192

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Paris Metro

Author: Wendell Steavenson

Publisher: W. W. Norton

ISBN: 9780393356793

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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From the American invasion of Iraq in 2003 to the terrorist attacks in Paris in 2015, Paris Metro is a story of East meets West. Kit, a reporter, has spent several years after 9/11 living in the Middle East, working as a correspondent for an American newspaper. Moving between war-torn Baghdad, riots in Beirut, Syria during the Arab Spring, and Greece in the midst of a refugee crisis, she befriends insurgents, fundamentalists and soldiers, diplomats, middlemen, and monks, determined to understand and tell their story. Along the way she falls in love and marries a charismatic Iraqi diplomat named Ahmed, before their separation leaves Kit raising their teenage son alone in Paris.But after the Charlie Hebdo attack occurs and, a few months later, terrorists storm the Bataclan, Kit's core beliefs are shattered. The violence she had spent years covering abroad is now on her doorstep. What is the point of truth and tolerance when everything is blowing up around you? As Kit struggles with her grief and confusion, she begins to mistrust those closest to her: her friends, her husband, even her own son.Paris Metro is a taut and propulsive story of two cultures colliding under the same roof; of love, betrayal, and misunderstandings within families; and of the universal quest to find home.
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Paris by Metro

An Underground History

Author: Arnold Delaney

Publisher: Chastleton Travel

ISBN: 1905214057

Category: Paris (France)

Page: 96

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'Not only travelers but Parisians will have the Paris Metro explained by perusing this book in ways they never have before. An absolutely essential guide to really knowing Paris.' observes Robert Cole, author of "A Traveller's History of Paris". What was the original name of the Place de la Concorde? Why was the Tuileries palace so called and when was it destroyed? Who built the Palais Royal? Find the answers to these questions and many others in this fascinating new book, which gives you the history behind the names of all the Metro stations in Paris. Arnold Delaney's text is full of illuminating insights into hidden corners of the history of the world's most elegant city. Take Le Kremlin - Bicetre, an intriguing example of how, over many centuries, names evolve and become corrupted: "...known for its Bicetre Hospital, parts of which date back to the seventeenth century. The town's website explains that the Kremlin portion of the name is due to the fact that after Napoleon's retreat from Moscow in 1812 a hospice for his soldiers was set up in the town and the local pub was called Le Sergent du Kremlin. Bicetre came about because at the end of the thirteenth century Jean de Pontoise the Bishop of Winchester owned land here. The locals had difficulty pronouncing Winchester which became Vincestre and evolved to become Bicetre." The text is complemented by colour photography especially commissioned for the book, which takes a slightly idiosyncratic look at the city as well as giving a taste of the quintessential design and feel of the Metro system.
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Michael Brein's Guide to Paris by the Metro

Top 50 Sights by the Metro

Author: Michael Brein, Ph.D.

Publisher: Michael Brein, Inc.

ISBN: 1886590427

Category: Travel

Page: 28

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Michael Brein's travel guides make city public transport simple. Maps include how to get to the top 50 sights in the area by public transit, ultra- large transit maps, detailed mini-area maps of attractions, and instructions on how to get to places.
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Paris Metro Handbook

Author: Brian Hardy

Publisher: Capital Transport

ISBN: 9781854142122

Category:

Page: 128

View: 4949

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Paris Metro Photo

Author: N.A

Publisher: Actes Sud

ISBN: 9782330065911

Category: Photography

Page: 348

View: 3706

From Brassaï to William Klein: a luxurious homage to the world's most iconic subway At over 300 pages and with around 250 images, this delightful volume looks at the close relationship between photography and the heyday of the Paris metro, covering over a century of photographic documents. The major figures of photography all snapped the Paris metro, from the humanists--Doisneau, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Brassaï, Boubat, Izis, Kollar, Ronis and more--to photojournalists such as Robert Capa, William Klein and Van der Keuken, in addition to the scores of photojournalists who passed through the city. In 1900, as the first metro rolled from west to east across Paris, from Porte Maillot to Porte de Vincennes, photography had already been around for half a century. Turn-of-the-century technological advances had created smaller, lighter cameras--the first Kodaks--which introduced the practice to a wider market. As Parisians fell in love with their new mode of transport, photography became a more widespread pastime. All genres and photographic practices are represented in this overview, from photojournalism to photo stories, street photography, fashion photography, architectural photography and industrial photography. The resulting volume is a magnificent and charming hybrid: a history of the fascinating development of the Paris metro--long a cultural symbol of France, Art Nouveau and urban technological innovation--in all its diversity, alongside a history of photography in Paris from the early 20th century to the present.
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Paris Metro Style

Author: Mark Ovenden

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781854143228

Category: Subways

Page: 176

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Die Gesichter

Roman

Author: Tom Rachman

Publisher: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag

ISBN: 3423434961

Category: Fiction

Page: 412

View: 2471

Ein gefeierter Künstler, ein liebender Sohn, eine Suche nach dem eigenen Leuchten Mit einer einzigen beiläufigen Bemerkung wischt Bear Bavinsky (gefeierter Maler, zahlreiche Ex-Frauen, siebzehn Kinder) jede Hoffnung seines Lieblingssohnes Pinch beiseite, auch nur halb so viel Talent zu haben wie er. Desillusioniert zieht es Pinch raus in die Welt, in Kanada versucht er sich an einer Biografie über Bear, als Italienischlehrer in London hat er es fast geschafft zu vergessen, dass auch er einmal Großes vorhatte. Seine wahre Begabung findet er schließlich doch noch, und er schmiedet einen schier unmöglichen Plan, nicht nur sein eigenes Leuchten zu entfalten, sondern auch das Andenken seines Vaters zu retten. Kann man gleichzeitig ein gefeierter Künstler und ein liebender Vater sein? Muss ein Sohn seinen Eltern verzeihen, nur weil sie bedeutend sind? Tom Rachman hat einen elektrisierenden und immer wieder auch nachdenklich stimmenden Roman geschrieben über das Streben nach Anerkennung – im Leben und in der Kunst.
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Subterranean Cities

The World Beneath Paris and London, 1800-1945

Author: David Lawrence Pike

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801472565

Category: History

Page: 355

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The underground has been a dominant image of modern life since the late eighteenth century. A site of crisis, fascination, and hidden truth, the underground is a space at once more immediate and more threatening than the ordinary world above. In Subterranean Cities, David L. Pike explores the representation of underground space in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, a period during which technology and heavy industry transformed urban life.The metropolis had long been considered a moral underworld of iniquity and dissolution. As the complex drainage systems, underground railways, utility tunnels, and storage vaults of the modern cityscape superseded the countryside of caverns and mines as the principal location of actual subterranean spaces, ancient and modern converged in a mythic space that was nevertheless rooted in the everyday life of the contemporary city. Writers and artists from Felix Nadar and Charles Baudelaire to Charles Dickens and Alice Meynell, Gustave Doré and Victor Hugo, George Gissing and Emile Zola, and Jules Verne and H. G. Wells integrated images of the urban underworld into their portrayals of the anatomy of modern society. Illustrated with photographs, movie stills, prints, engravings, paintings, cartoons, maps, and drawings of actual and imagined urban spaces, Subterranean Cities documents the emergence of a novel space in the subterranean obsessions and anxieties within nineteenth-century urban culture. Chapters on the subways, sewers, and cemeteries of Paris and London provide a detailed analysis of these competing centers of urban modernity. A concluding chapter considers the enduring influence of these spaces on urban culture at the turn of the twenty-first century.
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Asymmetrie

Roman

Author: Lisa Halliday

Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH Co KG

ISBN: 3446261273

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 3997

Es beginnt mit einer Eiswaffel, auf einer Bank im Central Park. Hals über Kopf stürzt sich Alice in eine Lovestory mit dem berühmten Schriftsteller Ezra Blazer. Sie ist 25, er in seinen Siebzigern. Ein erotisches, tragikomisches Kammerspiel – doch dann setzt eine ganz andere Erzählung ein. Amar, ein amerikanisch-irakischer Doktorand auf dem Weg nach Nahost, wird am Londoner Flughafen in Gewahrsam genommen. Und landet im Vakuum von Wartesälen und endlosen Verhören. Subtil verwebt Lisa Halliday die zwei so ungleichen Geschichten zu einem kühnen, provokanten Roman. Sie schreibt über die Machtgefälle, die unsere Welt durchziehen, zwischen Jung und Alt, Glück und Talent, dem Persönlichen und Politischen.
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Paris

Reisen mit Insider-Tipps

Author: Waltraud Pfister-BlŠske,Gerhard BlŠske

Publisher: Lonely Planet

ISBN: 3829725698

Category: Travel

Page: 160

View: 1192

Insider-Tipps und noch viel mehr: Erleben Sie mit MARCO POLO die elegante Stadt der Liebe intensiv vom Frühstück bis zum Nightcap. Mit dem MARCO POLO Reiseführer inklusive App kommen Sie sofort in Paris an und wissen garantiert, "wohin zuerst". Erfahren Sie, welche Highlights Sie neben dem Louvre-Museum und dem Künstlerviertel Montmartre nicht verpassen dürfen, dass die Szene in der Rue Oberkampf die Nacht zum Tag macht und wann Sie im Le Tribal Café ganz umsonst Couscous oder moules frites genießen können. Mit den MARCO POLO Stadtspaziergängen erkunden Sie Paris auf besonderen Wegen und mit den Low-Budget-Tipps sparen Sie bares Geld. Die Insider-Tipps der Autoren lassen Sie Paris individuell und authentisch erleben. In jedem Band gibt es einen übersichtlichen Cityatlas und eine herausnehmbare Faltkarte, in die natürlich auch die Stadtspaziergänge eingetragen sind. Die perfekte Ergänzung zum Buch: Laden Sie sich Ihre interaktive Reiseführer-App "MARCO POLO Travel Guide Paris" zur individuellen Reiseplanung kostenlos auf Ihr Smartphone. Erstellen Sie Ihre eigenen Touren und merken Sie sich Ihre Lieblingsorte mit der Funktion "Mein Reiseplaner". Nutzen Sie die App und das Kartenmaterial auch offline. Verfügbar für Android, iOS und Windows Phone.
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Discover Paris by Metro

Author: Anne-Claire Ruel,Aurélie Clair,Catherine Taret

Publisher: Editions du Chêne

ISBN: 9782812305528

Category: Travel

Page: 383

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The Paris Mtro has 16 lines, 300 stations, runs for 214 kilometres, transports 4 million travellers per day. For the first time this guidebook reveals this wonderful network and its treasures. For each Mtro station there is a map of the neighbourhood
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Paris Underground

The Maps, Stations, and Design of the Métro

Author: Mark Ovenden

Publisher: Penguin Paperbacks

ISBN: 9780143116394

Category: Transportation

Page: 176

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More than one thousand maps, diagrams, and photographs offer a graphic history of the Paris subway system.
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