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Paris and Elsewhere - Julian Barnes, Richard Cobb, David Gilmour
Paris and Elsewhere
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Richard Cobb, the incomparable historian of the French revolution, had an affinity with France that went beyond academic interest. Living there in the years after the Second World War, he acquired, he felt, a second identity as a Frenchman. But his was not the France best known to visitors.He was... show more
Richard Cobb, the incomparable historian of the French revolution, had an affinity with France that went beyond academic interest. Living there in the years after the Second World War, he acquired, he felt, a second identity as a Frenchman. But his was not the France best known to visitors.He was drawn, as David Gilmour writes in this introduction, not to the romantic or the beautiful but to their opposites - to the banal, the ordinary, the unheroic, to people and their routines, to tramways and railway stations, townscape of mills and chimneys and back-to-back terraced houses.He showed no interest in the rich or aristocratic, but moved comfortably between eccentric bourgeois and criminal anarchic working class. His closest French friend was a deserter and a thief.Cobb never set out to record his unique encounter with the French. Instead, he explored it piecemeal, in articles or broadcasts or introductions to books no longer obtainable. These writings are collected here for the first time.The France Cobb describes was beginning to disappear long before his death in 1996. The picture presented is, as a result, elegiac, unique and unforgettable.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781590170823 (1590170822)
Publisher: NYRB Classics
Pages no: 364
Edition language: English
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