Montmartre : Paris Village of Art and Sin


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ISBN 9780062431899

Baxter J






Weight 0.172 kg
Dimensions 1.6 × 12.7 × 18.1 cm


In the newest addition to his Great Parisian Neighborhoods series, award-winning raconteur John Baxter leads us on a whirlwind tour of Montmartre, the hilltop village that fired the greatest achievements of modern art while also provoking bloody revolution and the bohemian misbehavior that made Paris synonymous with desire.

High on the northern edge of Paris, Montmartre has always attracted bohemians, political radicals, and searchers for artistic inspiration as well as those hungry for pleasure. In its winding, windmill-shadowed streets, the anarchist rising of the Commune erupted in 1871, and later Renoir, van Gogh, and Picasso seized a similar freedom to remake painting, while Toulouse-Lautrec drew the cancan dancers of the Moulin Rouge, celebrating a hedonism that titillated the world.

In Montmartre, bestselling author and IACP Award-winner John Baxter lifts the curtain on a district that visitors to Paris seldom see. From the tumbledown workshops of the Bateau Lavoir, in which Picasso and Braque created Cubism, to Clichy’s Cabaret of Nothingness, where guests dined at coffins under lamps of human bones, the whole of this mysterious enclave is explored.

For visitors and armchair travelers alike, Montmartre captures the excitement and seductive allure of this fascinating quarter, while also providing a practical guided tour to twenty must-see sites, plus dozens of illustrations and a map.


About the author
John Baxter has lived in Paris for more than twenty years. He is the author of four acclaimed memoirs about his life in France: The Perfect Meal: In Search of the Lost Tastes of France; The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris; Immoveable Feast: A Paris Christmas; and We’ll Always Have Paris: Sex and Love in the City of Light. Baxter, who gives literary walking tours through Paris, is also a film critic and biographer whose subjects have included the directors Fellini, Kubrick, Woody Allen, and most recently, Josef von Sternberg. Born in Australia, he lives with his wife and daughter in the Saint-Germain-des-Pres neighborhood, in the same building Sylvia Beach called home.

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