Montmartre: Paris's Village of Art and Sin
Award-winning raconteur and Paris resident John Baxter leads us on a whirlwind tour of Montmartre, lifting the curtain on a district that visitors seldom see. This hill-top village high on the northern edge of Paris, Montmartre has always attracted bohemians, political radicals, the searchers for artistic inspiration as well as those hungry for pleasure. In its winding, windmill-shadowed streets - which only fifty years before, saw the anarchist rising of the Commune - Renoir, Picasso, van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec seized a similar chance to remake painting, shocking the world. For visitors and armchair travelers alike, the whole of this mysterious enclave is ours to explore. Montmartre captures the excitement and scandal of a fascinating quarter that condenses the elusive perfumes, colors, songs of Paris. A story-filled, rather quirky history covering 1830 to the 1960s, this dense little book also provides a practical guided tour to twenty must-see sites, plus dozens of illustrations & a map....
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