The Other Paris

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A Conversation with Luc Sante
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Monday, November 16, 2015
7:00 PM

In English. Free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary.

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A Conversation with Luc Sante

On the occasion of the release of The Other Paris (Farrar Strauss and Giroux), Luc Sante will take us on a whirlwind tour of the City of Light as it will never be again-dark and dank and poor and slapdash and truly bohemian.

Paris, 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, in the culture of France itself, and, by extension, throughout the world. 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. A lively survey of labor conditions, prostitution, drinking, crime, and popular entertainment, and of the reporters, réaliste singers, pamphleteers, and poets who chronicled their evolution, The Other Paris is a book meant to upend the story of the French capital, to reclaim the city from the bons vivants and the speculators, and to hold a light to the works and lives of those expunged from its center by the forces of profit.


Luc Sante was born in Verviers, Belgium. His other books include 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 the visiting professor of writing and the history of photography at Bard College and lives in Ulster County, New York.

Monday, November 16, 2015
7:00 PM

In English. Free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary.

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