Paris Fantasme (2021)

A paraître le 4 mars 2021

A Paris, Rive gauche, son cœur bat plus vite. Dans ce petit coin du monde, elle se sent un peu moins perdue. Là où se répand une brume de fiction pour envelopper la réalité, là est sa maison, son Paris Fantasme. Un je-ne-sais quoi d’impalpable dans l’air qui fait battre le cœur à l’unisson de la légende et des siècles, l’impression d’appartenir à un espace-temps mythique. Fascinée par la Rue Férou, née il y a cinq cents ans, entre la place Saint-Sulpice et le Jardin du Luxembourg, Lydia Flem conte l’histoire de celles et ceux qui y ont vécu de siècle en siècle, de numéro en numéro, d’étage en étage. Une rue, dix maisons, cent romans. Et autant de vies enchevêtrées avec la sienne.  

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To live in a place is to make it your own. To open the door to voices from the past, is to tell its story.

In Paris, on the Left Bank, her heart beats faster. In this little corner of the world, she feels a little less lost. There, where a mist of fiction hovers to engulf reality; that is her home, her Paris Phantasm. A certain something, impalpable, in the air makes the heart beat in unison with legends and the centuries, the impression of belonging to a mythical space and time. Fascinated by the Rue Férou, born five hundred years ago between Place Saint-Sulpice and the Jardin du Luxembourg, Lydia Flem recounts the story of the men and women who lived there from one century to the next, from one street number to the next, one story to the next. One street, ten houses, a hundred novels. And so many lives entangled with hers.  

Lydia Flem is a psychoanalyst, author and photographer. Member of the Belgian Royal Academy, she has written more than a dozen books published by Le Seuil, in “La Librairie du XXIe siècle” series. Her work has been translated into a score of languages.

Excerpt :

“A street possesses a fluctuating identity, imperfect, often precarious. A street is not a street once and for all. Kings, princes, bishops, speculators, police commissioners, all the actors of history strive to build it, to straighten it, to align and transform it, to amputate it, rearrange it  or even destroy it, for the  benefit of a bigger church or a new public square.”

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