The Manual of St-Germain-des-Pres is a "guide" to the legendary creative and intellectual playground of mid-20th-century Paris.
Author: Boris Vian
Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
Rizzoli is pleased to present the first English-language translation of Manual of St-Germain-des-Pres by beloved French author Boris Vian. Vian's book, a guided tour of the left bank cafes, galleries, underground jazz clubs, theaters, and apartment salons captures the transformative culture of the existentialist and post-surrealistic circles.
In this first book in his “Great Parisian Neighborhoods” series, Baxter, an expat who has called Saint-Germain home for more than two decades, guides readers on an off-the-beaten-path journey through the quarter’s history, landmarks, ...
Author: John Baxter
From the bestselling author of The Most Beautiful Walk in the World comes this first book in an exciting new series of narrative “biographies” of Paris’s great neighborhoods, beginning with Saint-Germain-des-Pres—the city’s “rebel quarter,” for centuries a center of artistic, intellectual, and revolutionary activity and home to some of Paris’s most iconic cafes and shops. For many years, Saint-Germain-des-Pres has been a stronghold of sans culottes, a refuge to artists, a paradise for bohemians. It’s where Marat printed L’Ami du Peuple and Thomas Paine wrote The Rights of Man. Napoleon, Hemingway, and Sartre have all called it home. Descartes is buried there. Now bestselling author and Paris expert, John Baxter takes readers and travelers on a narrative tour of Saint-Germain-des-Pres, which is also where Baxter makes his home. Tucked along the shores of the Left Bank, Saint-Germain-des-Pres embodies so much of what makes Paris special. Its cobblestone streets and ancient facades survive to this day, spared from modernization thanks to a quirk in their construction. Traditionally cheap rents attracted outsiders and political dissidents from the days of Robespierre to the student revolts of the 1960s. And its intellectual pedigree boasts such luminaries as Pablo Picasso, Arthur Rimbaud, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Simone de Beauvoir, Gertrude Stein, and Albert Camus. Baxter reveals all, guiding readers to the cafes, gardens, shops, and monuments that bring this hidden history to life. Part-history, part-guidebook, Saint-Germain-des-Pres is a fresh look at one of the City of Light’s most iconic quarters, and a delight for new tourists and Paris veterans alike.
In 885 AD, the Vikings laid siege to Paris, to which a young monk named Abbo, of the abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Pres, stood as witness.
Author: Abbo (Monk of St. Germain)
Publisher: Peeters Publishers
Category: Literary Collections
In 885 AD, the Vikings laid siege to Paris, to which a young monk named Abbo, of the abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Pres, stood as witness. Later, he came to make a record of what he saw, heard and believed in a verse chronicle, the Bella parisiacae urbis. His often stirring account speaks of the relentless and ingenious attacks of the Norsemen, the selfless heroism of the defending Frankish warriors, and the misery and terror of the besieged Parisians. But his canvas is far larger than this single occurrence, for he hints at greater things yet to come, such as the final disintegration of Carolingian rule, the eventual establishment of the Capetian line of monarchs, and the creation of a French Danelaw, namely, Normandy. Ultimately, however, Abbo is not concerned with an impartial narration of events, but rather with salvation through history - of the individual and of the nation of the Franks. The macaronic style of his chronicle very much appealed to the sensibilities of the time, thus ensuring that Abbo's work would endure.
The romance, the adventure, the energy, the intensity of life and the times of this district are captured in Bonal's compelling book. This is a different kind of historiography.
Author: Gerard Bonal
Saint Germain des Pres is a very important book about a street and a small district in Paris during a particularly vital decade--1945 to 1955. A great period of ideas, Saint-Germain-des-Prés between 1944-1945 was the site of unparalleled artistic explosion in Paris.The end of the war in Paris brought about a veritable creative explosion in the arts, from literature, to music, from philosophy to dance, from theatre to painting and much more. Much like the end of the war in 1870 witnessed the creative explosion in Montmartre, and the end of World War I witnessed the creative explosion in Montparnasse, the decade following the end of World War II coincided with the creative outburst that was centered in Saint Germain des Pres. Gérard Bonal has documented this unique, almost mythical period in French intellectual and creative life. All the legendary names of that period are assembled in Bonal's book-- Juliette Greco, Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, Bernard Buffet, Jean Cocteau, Simone de Beauvoir, Margueritte Duras and more. The communists, the existentialist, the chansoniers, the jazz musicians, the actors, the film makers, the literary giants, the philosophers and more. The romance, the adventure, the energy, the intensity of life and the times of this district are captured in Bonal's compelling book.This is a different kind of historiography. It is an intimate biography of a small district in Paris in a decade when people conjoined in creative and intellectual activity which has influenced generations worldwide. Originally published in France, Bonal's book received wide critical acclaim from Le Figaro, Nouvel Observateur, Le Courier, La Tribune, Focus Histoire, and more