Eric Hazan, author of the acclaimed The Invention of Paris, leads
us by the hand in this walk from Ivry to Saint-Denis, roughly following
the meridian that divides Paris into east and west, and passing such
familiar landmarks as the Luxembourg Gardens, the Pompidou Centre, the
Gare du Nord and Montmartre, as well as little-known alleyways and
arcades. Filled with historical anecdotes, geographical observations and
literary references, Hazan's walk guides us through an unknown Paris.
He shows us how, through planning and modernisation, the city's
revolutionary past has been erased in order to enforce a reactionary
future; but by walking and observation, he shows us how we can regain
our knowledge of the radical past of the city of Robespierre, the
Commune, Sartre and the May '68 uprising. And by drawing on his own life
story, as surgeon, publisher and social critic, Hazan vividly
illustrates a radical life lived in the city of revolution.