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Flâneur: The Art of Wandering the Streets of Paris

by Federico Castigliano

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"An inspiring book for flâneurs and Paris lovers. It transforms your walk around Paris into an exciting and memorable experience." A man walks the streets of Paris, alone and without a destination. He travels long avenues of great buildings, loses himself in the crowds at the Grands Magasins. Wrapped up in a black overcoat, he wanders the city restlessly. But what is he looking for? Where is he going? This book teaches you how lose yourself in the city: it contains stories of promenades and urban adventures, stories of dandies and flâneurs... It contains information regarding characters, authors and artists who have wandered the streets of Paris. By reading these pages you will discover the secrets of flânerie, the noble art of wandering without a destination. About the Author. Federico Castigliano holds a PhD in Comparative Literature (University of Turin) and is Associate Professor of Italian Studies. Having worked for several years in France, he currently teaches at Beijing International Studies University. His writing combines nonfiction and fiction and centers on the relationship between the individual and urban spaces, thus exploring the possibilities of today's city. Website: federicocastigliano.com   TABLE OF CONTENTS: Itineraries of flânerie (map) Instructions for reading this book Prologue - Into the street  How to be a true flâneur A day in the life of a flâneur  Once there was the flâneur Getting lost  Where to wander in Paris  Drifting along the boulevards  The ruins of Paris A dangerous game  The city of tomorrow  Shopping as one of the fine arts  Paris spleen  Epilogue - At the gate  Memorandum for flâneurs Bibliography… (more)
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One of my favorite French Terms is flâneur, a man who wanders the streets of Paris in a seemingly aimless manner observing life around him.

This book explores the historic origins of the flâneur, as well as the modern uses of the term, all while the author walks through various neighborhoods in Paris. My favorite is a walk through the 7th arrondissement. The author sets out to go to Saint Françoise Xavier church where one of Leonardo’s Last Suppers is hung. However, in the true manner of the flâneur, the author is distracted by one thing after another, and never makes it to the church. This truly describes the meaning of the term, and why, in a city like Paris, it’s so great to be a flâneur. ( )
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"An inspiring book for flâneurs and Paris lovers. It transforms your walk around Paris into an exciting and memorable experience." A man walks the streets of Paris, alone and without a destination. He travels long avenues of great buildings, loses himself in the crowds at the Grands Magasins. Wrapped up in a black overcoat, he wanders the city restlessly. But what is he looking for? Where is he going? This book teaches you how lose yourself in the city: it contains stories of promenades and urban adventures, stories of dandies and flâneurs... It contains information regarding characters, authors and artists who have wandered the streets of Paris. By reading these pages you will discover the secrets of flânerie, the noble art of wandering without a destination. About the Author. Federico Castigliano holds a PhD in Comparative Literature (University of Turin) and is Associate Professor of Italian Studies. Having worked for several years in France, he currently teaches at Beijing International Studies University. His writing combines nonfiction and fiction and centers on the relationship between the individual and urban spaces, thus exploring the possibilities of today's city. Website: federicocastigliano.com   TABLE OF CONTENTS: Itineraries of flânerie (map) Instructions for reading this book Prologue - Into the street  How to be a true flâneur A day in the life of a flâneur  Once there was the flâneur Getting lost  Where to wander in Paris  Drifting along the boulevards  The ruins of Paris A dangerous game  The city of tomorrow  Shopping as one of the fine arts  Paris spleen  Epilogue - At the gate  Memorandum for flâneurs Bibliography

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