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Haussmann, or the Distinction

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A stunning, imaginative novel about the great architect of Paris

Baron Georges-Eugene Haussmann, who demolished and rebuilt Paris in the middle of the nineteenth century, was the first urbanist of the modern era--and perhaps the greatest. He presided over two decades of riches, peace, and progress in a city the likes of which no one had ever seen before, with boulevards monumentally conceived and brilliantly lit, clean water, public transportation, and sewers that were the envy of every nation in the world. Yet there is a story that, on his deathbed, Haussmann wished all his work undone. "Would that it had died with me!" he is supposed to have said. What is the secret of the baron's last regret?

To answer this question, Haussmann tells the story of Madeleine, a foundling who grew up in the magical, chaotic world that Haussmann destroyed; of de Fonce, one of the great artistes demolisseurs who tore Paris down and sold its rubble as antiques; and of a three-sided affair that pits love against ambition, architecture against flesh, and the living Parisians against Haussmann's unbuilt masterpiece, the Railroad of the Dead.

Although steeped in history, Paul LaFarge's Haussmann, or the Distinction is a novel not bound by fact; it is an account of the hidden, sometimes fantastical life of the nineteenth century, a work that will make readers think of Borges as well as Balzac; it is a view of cities, of love, and of history itself from the other side of the mirror.

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Paperback Editions

October 2002 : USA Paperback
Title: Haussmann, or the Distinction: A Novel
Author(s): Paul LaFarge
ISBN: 0-312-42092-7 / 978-0-312-42092-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Audio Editions

June 2004 : UK Audio edition
Title: Haussmann, or the Distinction
Author(s): Paul La Farge
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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December 2003 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: Haussmann: Or, the Distinction
Author(s): Paul LaFarge
ISBN: 0-7861-2591-8 / 978-0-7861-2591-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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Kindle Editions

March 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Haussmann, or the Distinction: A Novel
Author(s): Paul La Farge
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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