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The Other Paris

  • La Maison Française at NYU 16 Washington Mews New York, NY, 10003 United States (map)
A flea market, circa 1910, from "The Other Paris." (FSG)

A flea market, circa 1910, from "The Other Paris." (FSG)

Luc Sante presents his latest book, The Other Paris.

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Paris, the City of Light, the city of fine dining and seductive couture and intellectual hauteur, was until fairly recently always accompanied by its shadow: the city of the poor, the outcast, the criminal, the eccentric, the willfully nonconforming. In The Other Paris, Luc Sante gives us a panoramic view of that second metropolis, which has nearly vanished but whose traces are in the bricks and stones of the contemporary city.

Drawing on testimony from a great range of witnesses—from Balzac and Hugo to assorted boulevardiers, rabble-rousers, and tramps—Sante, whose thorough research is matched only by the vividness of his narration, takes the reader on a whirlwind tour.

Luc Sante is the author of Low LifeEvidenceThe Factory of Facts; and Kill All Your Darlings. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Grammy (for album notes), an Infinity Award for Writing from the International Center of Photography, and Guggenheim and Cullman fellowships. He has contributed to The New York Review of Books since 1981, and has written for many other magazines. He is visiting professor of writing and the history of photography at Bard College.

This event is co-sponsored by La Maison Française.

Free and open to the public with RSVP.