The Other Paris

Luc Sante

A visit by way of Paris as it’ll by no means be again-dark and dank and poor and slapdash and actually bohemian

Paris, the Metropolis of Mild, town of superb eating and seductive couture and mental hauteur, was till pretty just lately at all times accompanied by its shadow: town of the poor, the outcast, the prison, the eccentric, the willfully nonconforming. In The Different Paris, Luc Sante provides us a panoramic view of that second metropolis, which has practically vanished however whose traces are within the bricks and stones of the up to date metropolis, within the tradition of France itself, and, by extension, all through the world.Drawing on testimony from a fantastic vary of witnesses-from Balzac and Hugo to assorted boulevardiers, rabble-rousers, and tramps-Sante, whose thorough analysis is matched solely by the vividness of his narration, takes the reader on a whirlwind tour. Richly illustrated with greater than 300 pictures, The Different Paris scuttles by way of the knotted streets of pre-Haussmann Paris, by way of the improvised lodging of the unique bohemians, by way of the whorehouses and dance halls and hobo shelters of the previous metropolis.
A vigorous survey of labor situations, prostitution, ingesting, crime, and in style leisure, and of the reporters, réaliste singers, pamphleteers, and poets who chronicled their evolution, The Different Paris is a guide meant to upend the story of the French capital, to reclaim town from the bons vivants and the speculators, and to carry a lightweight to the works and lives of these expunged from its middle by the forces of revenue.