Category Archive: Books

Oct 17 2014

The Paris Museum of Letters and Manuscripts

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The week before last I visited an exhibition on the works of the Marquis de Sade at this lesser-known Paris Museum, featuring many of his handwritten letters and manuscripts, the highlight of which is the 12-metre roll of manuscript on which de Sade wrote The 120 Days of Sodom, during his years in prison in …

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Mar 24 2013

no escaping Parisians

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Yesterday I attended one of the breakfasts held as part of the Australian Festival of Travel Writing (thanks to my invitation which came from My Fench Life/Ma Vie Francaise), where the speaker was Olivier Magny, French writer and wine expert, and author of Stuff Parisians Like, and its French version Dessine-Moi Un Parisien, and his latest book Into Wine, which is so new it’s not yet even on Amazon, but you can see it on Olivier’s website.

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Jan 29 2013

no escaping Hemingway on the left bank

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The left bank is well known for its connections to Hemingway, and his A Moveable Feast is rich in descriptions of his life there, and the many cafes and other addresses he used to frequent, including Le Select where he often went for coffee in the mornings.

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Jun 28 2012

escape the tyranny of distance… and maintain your French

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The great challenge for Australian francophones is maintaining our French, given our distance from France. Even with one or two trips per year, as some of us are able to make, there are still long fallow periods when we’re not using French for many months at a stretch. I’m always interested to hear other Aussie …

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