Roissy Express: A Journey Through the Paris Suburbs

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Verso, 1994 - Social Science - 270 pages
Accompanied by photographer Anaik Frantz, Francois Maspero embarked on a journey along the RER, the express subway which leads through the Paris suburbs. Getting off the train at each stop, he and Frantz present a picture of daily life in France which tourists seldom see: a world where names don't make sense, where immigrants from Burkino Faso live in run-down tower-blocks called Debussy on the avenue Karl Marx, their children dodging the police between the lycee Jules Valles and the Yuri Gagarin youth-club; a world where there are still memories of the Commune, the Popular Front or the camp at Drancy from where French officials sent a hundred thousand Jews to Auschwitz; a world where no one is a racist, but National Front posters are everywhere. Maspero's aim is to put this world back on the map.
 

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Contents

Plaine de France
1
Theres nothing to see Seminar on a motorway The Gaul
17
the edifying story of a
46
The calm of SevranBeaudottes A station with a bad
65
Rules ofconduct for walks in the suburbs The transVillepinte
87
Petite Couronne
109
Akim at the Jean Bart The La Courneuve 4000
154
The Plaine SaintDenis and the Roman campaign Waiting for
206
Arcueil versus Cachan An Arcueil kids success story Tales
215
The fine ladies of rue Hodan Ode to the French dog Splendour
239
Postface 1993
261
Translators notes
269
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David Bellos is the author of a number of award-winning literary biographies and the winner of the inaugural Man Booker International Prize for translation in 2005. He lives in New Jersey and teaches French, Italian, and Comparative literature at Princeton University.

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