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Into a Paris Quartier By Diane Johnson

Into a Paris Quartier
by Diane Johnson

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With her delicious imagination and wry, opinionated voice, Diane Johnson makes a companionable and fascinating guide to a classic neighborhood as cosmopolitan as it is quintessentially French.
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Into a Paris Quartier: Reine Margot's Chapel and Other Haunts of St.-Germain by Diane Johnson

Modern St.-Germain is lively and prosperous, and fifty years ago its heady mix of jazz and existentialism defined urbane cool, but Johnson takes a longer view. "Beside the shades of Jean-Paul Sartre and Edith Piaf," she writes, "there is another crowd of resident ghosts... misty figures in plumed hats whose fortunes and passions were enacted among these beautiful, imposing buildings." From her kitchen window, she looks out on a chapel begun by Reine Margot, wife of Henri IV; nearby streets are haunted by the shades of two sinister cardinals, Mazarin and Richelieu, as well as four famed queens and at least five kings. Delacroix, Corot, Ingres, David, and Manet all lived in St.-Germain; Oscar Wilde died there; and everybody who was anybody visited sooner or later.

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About Diane Johnson


Diane Johnson is a travel writer, biographer, essayist and--most notably--a novelist and three-time National Book Award Finalist, most recently for Le Divorce, a national bestseller which became a major motion picture. Her next novel, Le Mariage (2000) also made bestseller lists from the Boston Globe to the San Francisco Chronicle, and was a New York Times Book Review "Notable Book" for 2000. Johnson now divides her time between Paris and San Francisco.

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GOR009956824
Into a Paris Quartier: Reine Margot's Chapel and Other Haunts of St.-Germain by Diane Johnson
Diane Johnson
Used - Very Good
Paperback
National Geographic Books
2006-11-21
224
0792262085
9780792262084
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