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Twentieth Century Paris by Marie-Jose Gransard

Twentieth Century Paris: 1900-1950: A Literary Guide for Travellers

Marie-Jose Gransard

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Category: Non-fiction, History, Travel
Imprint: Tauris Parke
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication date: 9 Jul 2020
ISBN: 9780755601752

Paris is the crowning jewel of France, and this literary guide for travellers explores its 20th century history, from 1900-1950.

3 stars out of 5
14 Aug 2020

"a roll call of creativity, based on wide research, with a wealth of anecdote"

Twentieth Century Paris is more of a literary companion than a guide: a roll call of creativity, based on wide research, with a wealth of anecdote. In 1938 James Joyce invited Peggy Guggenheim and Samuel Beckett to dine at Fouquet’s, which was, surprisingly, his favourite restaurant — when he could afford it. Thirty years earlier, Lenin had tried to keep warm by making one drink last all evening at La Rotonde. But any reader attempting to navigate from one venue to another will need a different guidebook, since the chapters are not arranged by district but by themes — ‘Exiles’, ‘Flappers’ or ‘The Lost Generation’. There are a number of omissions — Sybille Bedford, Mavis Gallant and Arthur Koestler — while Julien Green and Christopher Logue make only nominal appearances.