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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Exact Change; Reprint edition (February 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1878972103
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878972101
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
Often considered one of the definitive surrealist novels (along with Andre Breton's NADJA), Paris Peasant is an exhilarating read. Aragon takes us through a special guided tour of Paris--not the Paris as we know it with its Eiffel Tower and other famous landmarks, but a Paris of crumbling arcades, dilapidated shopfronts and suburban parks. Aragon imbues the detritus of the city with poetry and magic, and shows us how the surrealist spirit lives in the outmoded structures of civilization. His ode to the Passage de l'Opera, at that time threatened by Baron Haussmann's plans for the redevelopment of the city, is a tacit challenge to the rapaciousness of capitalism and modernization, with its quest for the ever-new and its destruction of the past. Every urbanite will find something to identify with in this marvellous portrait of Paris in the 1920s.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 1997
Format: Paperback
This new edition of a scare work is welcome not
only for the exposure it provides to Aragon and

his work (if it can be called that), but for the

loving manner in which it is produced. From the

covers to the typeface to the translation of

newspaper column margins, editor Damon Krukowski

and designer Naomi Yang, known more for their

musical than literary endevours, have brought

attention to the smallest detail, the kind of

attention that is the substance of the text

itself. The translation, from a 1971 edition,

flows perfectly; just alien enough from standard

English to draw attention to Aragon's linguistic

differences, but not a characature of French

style. It would be hard to imagine a better

English edition of this work.

James L. Wolf
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ZM on February 28, 2014
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Beyond surrealism. Aragon knew too well of the pitfalls associated with surrealist writings, and here offers up an extremely lucid portrait of the minutia of Parisian life, only acquired through intense observation, keen understanding, imagination, and a sense of humor.
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