The Unknown Woman of the Seine Book
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The Unknown Woman of the Seine

  • Author : Brooks Hansen
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Date : 2021-11-02
  • Category : Fiction
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 9781504074070

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A mysterious woman is suspected of murder at the 1889 Paris Expo in this historical novel of “gorgeous prose” by the author of The Chess Garden (Kirkus Reviews). Paris, 1889. When the body of an unknown woman appears on the banks of the Seine, it is put on display at the morgue behind Notre Dame, according to protocol. Though the woman is never identified, her eerie beauty is so captivating that a death mask is made of her face. The mask would become one of the most famous curios of the twentieth century. Set during the final days of 1889’s Exposition Universelle, Brooks Hansen’s fascinating novel speculates on who this mysterious woman was. Disgraced former Gendarme Henri Brassard is returning to Paris, determined to reclaim his place in La Force. When he crosses paths with a suspicious woman in a gypsy wagon, he suspects her of a brutal crime. Tracking her through the city, Brassard observes from the shadows as she winds her way into the orbit of several savory and unsavory characters—an artist, an impresario, a madame, a countess—each of whom sees in her a chance for profit or redemption; any one of whom may therefore be responsible for her sudden and unexplained disappearance. Brassard’s chase will lead him on a grand tour of nineteenth-century Paris, from its highest spires to its darkest catacombs. By the end, he will learn the stunning truth of the unknown woman’s identity, but not before unearthing the equally disturbing truth about himself.

The Drowned Muse Book

The Drowned Muse

  • Author : Anne-Gaëlle Saliot
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Date : 2015-09-10
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 9780191018978

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The Drowned Muse is a study of the extraordinary destiny, in the history of European culture, of an object which could seem, at first glance, quite ordinary in the history of European culture. It tells the story of a mask, the cast of a young girl's face entitled "L'Inconnue de la Seine," the Unknown Woman of the Seine, and its subsequent metamorphoses as a cultural figure. Legend has it that the "Inconnue" drowned herself in Paris at the end of the nineteenth century. The forensic scientist tending to her unidentified corpse at the Paris Morgue was supposedly so struck by her allure that he captured in plaster the contours of her face. This unknown girl, also referred to as "The Mona Lisa of Suicide", has since become the object of an obsessive interest that started in the late 1890s, reached its peak in the 1930s, and continues to reverberate today. Aby Warburg defines art history as "a ghost story for grown-ups." This study is similarly "a ghost story for grown-ups", narrating the aura of a cultural object that crosses temporal, geographical, and linguistic frontiers. It views the "Inconnue" as a symptomatic expression of a modern world haunted by the earlier modernity of the nineteenth century. It investigates how the mask's metamorphoses reflect major shifts in the cultural history of the last two centuries, approaching the "Inconnue" as an entry point to understand a phenomenon characteristic of 20th- and 21st-century modernity: the translatability of media. Doing so, this study mobilizes discourses surrounding the "Inconnue", casting them as points of negotiation through which we may consider the modern age.

Coming Up for Air Book
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Coming Up for Air

  • Author : Sarah Leipciger
  • Publisher : House of Anansi
  • Date : 2020-03-03
  • Category : Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 9781487006518

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A lyrical, powerful, and richly textured novel about three lives that intertwine across oceans and time. On the banks of the River Seine in 1899, a young woman takes her final breath before plunging into the icy water. Although she does not know it, her decision will set in motion an astonishing chain of events. It will lead to 1950s Norway, where a grieving toy-maker is on the cusp of a transformative invention, all the way to present-day Ottawa Valley in Canada, where a journalist, battling a terrible disease, risks everything for one last chance to live. Taking inspiration from a remarkable true story, Coming Up for Air is a bold, richly imagined novel about the transcendent power of storytelling and the immeasurable impact of every human life. The legacy of the woman at its heart touches the lives of us all today, and this book reveals just how.

Letters from Paris Book
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Letters from Paris

  • Author : Juliet Blackwell
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Date : 2016-09-06
  • Category : Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN : 9780698186040

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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Key comes the story of a mysterious work of art and the woman inspired to uncover its history in the City of Light. After surviving the accident that took her mother’s life, Claire Broussard has worked hard to escape her small Louisiana hometown. But these days she feels something is lacking. Abruptly leaving her lucrative job in Chicago, Claire returns home to care for her ailing grandmother. There, she unearths a beautiful piece of artwork that her great-grandfather sent home from Paris after World War II. At her grandmother’s urging, Claire travels to Paris to track down the century-old mask-making atelier where the object, known only as “L’Inconnue”—or The Unknown Woman—was created. Under the watchful eye of a surly mask-maker, Claire discovers a cache of letters that offers insight into the life of the Belle Epoque woman immortalized in the work of art. As Claire explores the unknown woman’s tragic fate, she begins to unravel deeply buried secrets in her own life.

The Worshipper of the Image Book

The Worshipper of the Image

  • Author : Richard Le Gallienne
  • Publisher : Wentworth Press
  • Date : 2019-02-26
  • Category :
  • Pages : 142
  • ISBN : 0469915412

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This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world), and other notations in the work. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work. As a reproduction of a historical artifact, this work may contain missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.

The Seine  The River that Made Paris Book
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The Seine The River that Made Paris

  • Author : Elaine Sciolino
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Date : 2019-10-29
  • Category : Travel
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 9780393609363

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A vibrant, enchanting tour of the Seine from longtime New York Times foreign correspondent and best-selling author Elaine Sciolino. Elaine Sciolino came to Paris as a young foreign correspondent and was seduced by a river. In The Seine, she tells the story of that river from its source on a remote plateau of Burgundy to the wide estuary where its waters meet the sea, and the cities, tributaries, islands, ports, and bridges in between. Sciolino explores the Seine through its rich history and lively characters: a bargewoman, a riverbank bookseller, a houseboat dweller, a famous cinematographer known for capturing the river’s light. She discovers the story of Sequana—the Gallo-Roman healing goddess who gave the Seine its name—and follows the river through Paris, where it determined the city’s destiny and now snakes through all aspects of daily life. She patrols with river police, rows with a restorer of antique boats, sips champagne at a vineyard along the river, and even dares to go for a swim. She finds the Seine in art, literature, music, and movies from Renoir and Les Misérables to Puccini and La La Land. Along the way, she reveals how the river that created Paris has touched her own life. A powerful afterword tells the dramatic story of how water from the depths of the Seine saved Notre-Dame from destruction during the devastating fire in April 2019. A “storyteller at heart” (June Sawyers, Chicago Tribune) with a “sumptuous eye for detail” (Sinclair McKay, Daily Telegraph), Sciolino braids memoir, travelogue, and history through the Seine’s winding route. The Seine offers a love letter to Paris and the most romantic river in the world, and invites readers to explore its magic for themselves.

The Little Paris Bookshop Book
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The Little Paris Bookshop

  • Author : Nina George
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Date : 2015-06-23
  • Category : Fiction
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN : 9780553418781

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Monsieur Perdu can prescribe the perfect book for a broken heart. But can he fix his own? Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can't seem to heal through literature is himself; he's still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened. After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. Joined by a bestselling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef, Perdu travels along the country’s rivers, dispensing his wisdom and his books, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself. Internationally bestselling and filled with warmth and adventure, The Little Paris Bookshop is a love letter to books, meant for anyone who believes in the power of stories to shape people's lives.

The Book Thief Book
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The Book Thief

  • Author : Markus Zusak
  • Publisher : Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • Date : 2007-12-18
  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Pages : 578
  • ISBN : 9780307433848

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE’S 100 BEST YA BOOKS OF ALL TIME The extraordinary, beloved novel about the ability of books to feed the soul even in the darkest of times. When Death has a story to tell, you listen. It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time. “The kind of book that can be life-changing.” —The New York Times “Deserves a place on the same shelf with The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.” —USA Today DON’T MISS BRIDGE OF CLAY, MARKUS ZUSAK’S FIRST NOVEL SINCE THE BOOK THIEF.

The Drowned Muse Book

The Drowned Muse

  • Author : Anne-Gaëlle Saliot
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Date : 2015-05-07
  • Category : Death
  • Pages : 373
  • ISBN : 9780198708629

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The Drowned Muse charts the trajectory of "the Unknown Woman of the Seine" in literature and the visual arts. "L'Inconnue de la Seine," or the mask of a young dead woman said to have been dragged out of the waters of the river, has become, through its repeated representation within the avant-garde movements of the twentieth century and popular media, both a commodity and an enduring topic of general interest. Such luminaries as Rilke, Nabokov,Supervielle, Aragon, Modiano, Cortázar, Man Ray, Magritte, Blanchot, Resnais, Truffaut, and Varda have expressed their infatuation with the Inconnue in prose, poetry, art, photography, and film. This book establishes acritical dialogue between works, ranging from the marginal to the canonical, and media (from texts to, photographs, films, and art installations), from the advances of mechanical reproduction, to the century of cinema and the internet era. It uncovers ramifications between past and contemporary preoccupations with modernity.

The Battle of Herrmann Book

The Battle of Herrmann

  • Author : Heinrich von Kleist
  • Publisher : Königshausen & Neumann
  • Date : 2008
  • Category :
  • Pages : 165
  • ISBN : 9783826035234

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The Lost Continent Book

The Lost Continent

  • Author : Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Publisher : The Floating Press
  • Date : 2009-01-01
  • Category : Fiction
  • Pages : 172
  • ISBN : 9781877527555

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A future Europe has spiraled into barbarism. The Western Hemisphere stands alone, isolated and sheltered from the destruction - for now. Influenced by the events of World War I, this is the year 2137 as portrayed by Edgar Rice Burroughs' in his science fiction novel The Lost Continent, its subtitle Beyond Thirty being the longitude that Western Hemisphere inhabitants are forbidden to pass.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame Annotated Book

The Hunchback of Notre Dame Annotated

  • Author : Victor Marie Hugo
  • Publisher :
  • Date : 2021-08-23
  • Category :
  • Pages : 744
  • ISBN : 9798462639821

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The Hunchback of Notre-Dame is a French Gothic novel by Victor Hugo published in January 14, 1831. The title refers to the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, on which the story is centered. Set in medieval Paris, it tells the story of the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda, condemned as a witch by the tormented archdeacon Claude Frollo, who lusts after her. Quasimodo, the deformed bell ringer of Notre-Dame Cathedral, having fallen in love with the kindhearted Esmeralda, tries to save her by hiding her in the cathedral's tower.

I ll See You in Paris Book
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I ll See You in Paris

  • Author : Michelle Gable
  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Date : 2016-02-09
  • Category : Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN : 9781466880962

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New York Times Best Selling Author of A Paris Apartment Three women, born generations apart. One mysterious book that threads their lives together. A journey of love, discovery, and truth... I’ll See You in Paris is based on the real life of Gladys Spencer-Churchill, the Duchess of Marlborough, a woman whose life was so rich and storied it could fill several books. Nearly a century after Gladys’s heyday, a young woman’s quest to understand the legendary Duchess takes her from a charming hamlet in the English countryside, to a dilapidated manse kept behind barbed wire, and ultimately, to Paris, where answers will be found at last. In the end, she not only solves the riddle of the Duchess but also uncovers the missing pieces in her own life. At once a great love story and literary mystery, I’ll See You in Paris will entertain and delight, with an unexpected ending that will leave readers satisfied and eager for Gable’s next novel.

Th  r  se Raquin Book

Th r se Raquin

  • Author : Émile Zola
  • Publisher :
  • Date : 1910
  • Category :
  • Pages : 279
  • ISBN : UIUC:30112057411404

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The Two Penny Bar Book
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The Two Penny Bar

  • Author : Georges Simenon
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Date : 2015-03-31
  • Category : Fiction
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN : 9780141394176

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“One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century . . . Simenon was unequaled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories.” —The Guardian A forgotten crime comes to light in the heart of Parisian summer in this twisted Inspector Maigret tale “A radiant late afternoon. The sunshine almost as thick as syrup in the quiet streets of the Left Bank . . . there are days like this, when ordinary life seems heightened, when the people walking down the street, the trams and cars all seem to exist in a fairy tale.” A story told by a condemned man leads Maigret to a bar by the Seine and into the sleazy underside of respectable Parisian life. In the oppressive heat of summer, a forgotten crime comes to light.