Literary Landscapes Paris

By Sandrine Voillet

From Feydeau to Fitzgerald, from Hugo to Hemingway, the Paris locations that have influenced modern literature

A photographic stroll around the bookshops, famous literary restaurants and storied streets of Europe’s favourite tourist destination

Literary Landscapes: Paris takes this major European city and with picture perfect photography, compiles an album of memorable views linked to the words of Parisian authors, or writers who made Paris their home. It looks at places where books were written, discussed over dinner, and where ultimately the books are sold. It’s a picture book with words, not a words book with pictures.

There are the theatres of Molière, Dumas and Feydeau along with the incredible Palais Garnier opera house and the legend of Le Fantome by Gaston Leroux.

There are the revered bookshops of the Latin Quarter including the idiosyncratic Shakespeare & Co.

There are the classic grand structures referenced in Victor Hugo novels (and still there) or the mean streets of George Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris.

There are the famous cafes where authors gathered and wrote, or where artists and philosophers argued: Les Deux Magots, Café de Flore, Le Procope, La Closerie de Lilas, Prunier, Le Dome, La Rotonde and Le Select.

There are the bouquinistes ranged in their green booths along the Seine, as once tended by Jean Genet. And there is the classic expatraiate Paris of Joyce, Stein, Wilde, Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Beat poets.

Literary Landscapes: Paris takes readers on an exclusive cultural journey, guided by one of the city’s most engaging tourist guides.