The Place de la Bastille: The Story of a Quartier (Hardback)Keith Reader (author)
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Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Number of pages: 184
Weight: 444 g
Dimensions: 239 x 163 x 20 mm
A wonderful piece of work that cuts a new path through French studies. Using topography to bring history, anthropology, literature and the arts into a single focus, the book is also a guide or mode d'emploi for each and all who have affection for Paris and, more broadly, gallic culture.
Tom Conley, Harvard University
'A well-argued, thoroughly-researched and scholarly work, it is vibrant and readable enough to interest a readership from outside the academic community from which Reader comes.'
The book will be a useful reference work for students of literary and cinematic representations. It also fills a niche as a historical survey of an area that has played major roles in the political, economic, and leisure life of Paris.
This in-depth study of the Place de la Bastille and its surroundings is a welcome addition to the study of the cultural history of Paris. The work is made even more appealing by the literary and cinematic depictions of the life in the quartier. The final chapter's detailed description of present-day streetscapes is useful for visitors, who may now approach the area with a more informed attitude.
Alice J. Strange, French Review, 85.4