The Invention of Paris: A History in Footsteps

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This is a wondrous book, either to be read at home with a decent map, or carried about sur place through areas no tourists bother with. --Adam Thorpe, Guardian

Hazan wants to rescue individual moments from general forgetting and key sites from the bland homogenisation of international city development; he is also a passionate left-wing historian seeking to rescue the truth of Paris's revolutionary past. --Julian Barnes, London Review of Books

Hazan is all business. He trudges through Paris street by street, quoting what Balzac, Hugo, Baudelaire or Kafka said about a particular spot, pointing out where barricades were once erected and thieves gathered for drinks. --Donald Morrsion, Financial Times

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Eric Hazan is the founder of the publisher La Fabrique and the author of several books, including Notes on the Occupation. He has lived in Paris, France, all his life.

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