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Paris: a beautiful, damned city

Two new books take equal delight in celebrating the city’s violent past and vibrant present

13 February 2016

9:00 AM

13 February 2016

9:00 AM

The Other Paris: An Illustrated Journey Through the City’s Poor and Bohemian Past Luc Sante

Faber, pp.306, £25, ISBN: 9780571241286

The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue des Martyrs Elaine Sciolino

Norton, pp.294, £16.99, ISBN: 9780393242379

The much-lamented journalist and bon viveur Sam White, late of the rue du Bac, The Spectator and the Evening Standard, who lived in Paris for over 40 years, once wrote an affectionate portrait of his adopted home that opened with the defiant words, ‘Yes: I like it here.’ As a short review of the city it was perfect.

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