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Product Details

  • Paperback: 102 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452852138
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452852133
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #633,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Anna Erikssön currently resides in Los Angeles and New York. Her fascination with Père Lachaise began at an early age, and over the years, she has researched people buried there so that each time she returned, she had a richer experience. Her efforts began with painters, Caillbotte and Seurat whose works she admired from her childhood visits to Chicago's The Art Institute, and expanded to people like Maria Callas and Rossini whose brilliant music she shared with her mother...and then there is her love of Brillat-Savarin and the cheese named for him!

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You can feel her love of this place ooze form the book, and her enthusiasm is contagious.
Kathryn Hough
The photographer captures the haunting beauty of Pere Lachaise and its unique qualities that separates the cemetery from the rest.
Aaron Aviles
I read this book cover to cover the first time I picked it up and have returned to it several more times since then.
Stacey J. & Chuck D.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stacey J. & Chuck D. on July 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
I read this book cover to cover the first time I picked it up and have returned to it several more times since then. You are literally transported there with every page and you cannot stop reading!
Anna and Mason's deep affection for this place comes through in the eloquent and clever writing and breathtaking photographs. While this book chronicles the residents of a cemetery, I couldn't help but feel a wonderful sense of life from learning more about each of them. I loved how Anna told you things about them that weren't the typical, boring textbook facts you are used to, she made them so real and accessible. It is also a joy to own a book that gives you a peek into the soul of its authors. This kind of passion cannot be fabricated. Anna's "do and don't tips" was so touching and sweet. Mason's photos are so haunting and dramatic. Whether or not you ever make the trip to visit Pere Lachaise, you must tour it through this book, it is amazing! And if you do go there in person, please leave it better than how you found it!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Teresa on November 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
In the summer or 2010 I visited Pere Lachaise. I had purchased this book in advance and found it quite helpful. We even dined at the recommended restaurant and found the food delicious. The photos are wonderful and I enjoyed learning fun facts about people buried there. Looking forward to vol. 2! There are so many interesting people buried in Pere Lachaise.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Charles H. Levenson on July 21, 2013
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...at Pere Lachaise...Not that Mason Bendewald's photographs aren't grand(they are!),it's just that Anna Eriksson's writing is awful,and it takes up most of the 102 pages of this book.
Ms.Eriksson,it seems,is a Pere Lachaise groupie,going on and on and on and on about her experiences in the cemetery,and these experiences are not very interesting.Besides which,she is a preachy bore,laying down her own groundrules about what to do and what not to do while visiting the cemetery,as if the place belonged to her and the rest of us are just guests.
To further complicate matters Ms.Eriksson chose to write trite little biographical capsules that accompany mr.Bendewald's superb photographs..The problem here is that apparently Ms.Eriksson is not up to the task.Take,for example,her essay on Marcel Proust;ms.Eriksson claims to be"intimidated"by Proust...she labels him"great"while admitting that she has never read a word that he has written..she also equates the notion of reading Proust to"mental heavy lifting",and yet she goes on and on for several pages about him.
Another of Ms.Eriksson's shortcomings are her terriblejokes(or should I call them alledged jokes?)Trying to be funny is nice,but failing to do so is pathetic,especially when your failures are in print.
All in all,I would gladly meet Mr.Bendewald at Pere Lachaise,if for no other reason than to watch a masterful photographer at work...but I would do so on the strict condition that he left Ms.Eriksson behind at the cemetery gate.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miles H. on November 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
Right away with Anna Eriksson and Mason Bendewald's arresting book Meet Me at Pere Lachaise, I got the sense that I was on an intimate afternoon jaunt together with the author and photographer. Hence the title. The book isn't called "Go Do Exactly What I Did at Pere Lachaise," or "Here's a Map, Have at It Buddy." It's an experience shared, a walk along just one pathway trod by two people who obviously had life-changing experiences getting lost together in the famous cemetery. It says as much in the book's Foreword: "Feel free to make your own way, and even enjoy getting lost there." A trip through Pere Lachaise is a trip back in time, but just like going forward in time, the steps are my own to take, the experiences my own to interpret.

And so, with that in mind, the book is an incredibly rare gem: A knowledgeable collection of terse but robust facts about the amazing residents of Pere Lachaise, organized to be suitable for a tour, yet seasoned with inimitable personal anecdotes that briefly alight like a Psyche butterfly. It's a brief dance of two living souls among thousands that have passed. In other words, life.

To wit: the Paris landlady of Eriksson and Bendewald whose uncle was the culprit who stole Maria Callas' ashes. Or the author hearing the growling otherworldly intonations of Jim Morrison while paying respects at his oft-defiled grave. Or the photographer paying homage first by kneeling at the foot of the monument to slain young journalist Victor Noir, and then again by leaving his corroded copper monument as one of the only subjects in the entire book printed in color.

These are not the sterile monologues of a paid docent or the rote recitations of a bored tour guide. These are not stock photographs taken by sanctioned lenses.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lamelonball on July 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
It was 11:46pm. The book had arrived in the mail earlier that day. Barefoot and in pajamas ready to go to bed, I quickly opened the book to glance through it. I couldn't put it down! Between the writer's sense of humor, the tragic stories she recounted and the haunting photography I just kept reading. My fatigue from the day drifted away as I visited with Modigliani, Edith Piaf and Alice B Toklas. (I had no idea that the word "toke" came from her name!)

One of the most beautiful elements of this book, however, and there are so many - is Anna's firm reminder to all of us how to best respect those graves we are visiting and how to leave those graves when we are finished. No lipstick graffiti and with random trash in hand to be discarded! It is clear in each biography, each set of directions leading to the next grave site how much she truly loves this place and we fall in love with it too! This book is not only a great gift for friends and family traveling to Paris, it's just a great gift!
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