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My Paris

In contemporary Paris, a diarist persistently gathers the remains of an epoch, accompanied by the literary ghost of Walter Benjamin, whose famous Paris arcades project serves as a kind of Baedeker. But, little by little, she becomes an amalgam of her detritus— including a touch of ressentiment. For alongside the pleasureable Paris in which expatriate avant-garde artists and rebels have “traditionally” flourished, lies a typically complex city, teeming with disaster. Casting light and shadow, looking backwards and forwards, My Paris is a hynotizing tale of desire and nostalgia, magically submerging the reader in the endless— and not always seamless— sensuality of the City of Light.

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