Paris Street Tales is the third volume of a trilogy of translated stories set in Paris. The previous two are Paris Tales, in which each story is associated with one of the twenty arrondissements, and Paris Metro Tales, in which the twenty-two stories are related to a trip round the Paris Metro. This new volume contains eighteen newly translated stories related to particular streets in Paris, and one newly written tale of the city. The stories range from the nineteenth century to the present day, and include tales by well-known writers such as Colette, Maupassant, Didier Daeninckx, and Simenon, and less familiar names such as Francis Carco, Aurelie Filipetti, and Arnaud Baignot. They present a vivid picture of Paris streets in a variety of literary styles and tones. Simenon's Maigret is called upon to solve a mystery on the Boulevard Beaumarchais; a flaneur learns some French history through second-hand objects retrieved from the Seine; a nineteenth-century affair in the Rue de
Helen Constantine taught languages in schools until 2000, when she became a full-time translator. She has published three volumes of translated stories, Paris Tales, Paris Metro Tales, and French Tales. She is general editor of City Tales for Oxford University Press. Her translations include Mademoiselle de Maupin by Theophile Gautier and Dangerous Liaisons by Choderlos de Laclos for Penguin, The Wild Ass's Skin by Balzac, The Conquest of Plassans by Zola, and Flaubert's A Sentimental Education for OUP.
1: Didier Daeninckx: Rue des Degres 2: Jean Follain: Streets 3: Guy de Maupassant: The Rendezvous 4: Octave Mirbeau: Tableau Parisien 5: Arnaud Baignot: Rue de la Tacherie 6: Emile Zola: Old Iron 7: Marcel Ayme: Rue Saint Sulpice 8: Jacques Reda: The Freedom of the Streets 9: Frederic H. Fajardie: A Rapist's Shout One Night in Montparanasse 10: Julien Green: Lost Street Cries 11: Joris-Karl Huysmans: Rue de la Chine 12: Georges Simenon: The Affair in the Boulevard Beaumarchais 13: Roland Dorgeles: Rooftop over the Champs Elysees 14: Vincent Ravalec: The pigeon who shat on people 15: Aurelie Filipetti: The Street is not enough 16: Francis Carco: Rue Pigalle 17: Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette: The hold-up in the Rue Ordener 18: Gisele Prassinos: The Tree with three branches 19: David Constantine: Rue de la Vieille Lanterne