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Flaneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London (Paperback)

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Flâneuse traces the relationship between singular women and their cities as a way to map their own lives in this journey that begins in New York and takes us to Paris via Venice, Tokyo, and London. “A deeply pleasurable book, whether you are a man or a woman, whether you know these cities (or books, or writers, or artists) or not. You will see these streets anew, just as if you were a flâneur in a New York neighborhood or along a canal in Venice. There is always something more to explore, just around the next corner―or on the next page.” ―—A.V. Club

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FINALIST FOR THE PEN/DIAMONSTEIN-SPIELVOGEL AWARD FOR THE ART OF THE ESSAY

A New York Times Notable Book of 2017

The flaneur is the quintessentially masculine figure of privilege and leisure who strides the capitals of the world with abandon. But it is the flaneuse who captures the imagination of the cultural critic Lauren Elkin. In her wonderfully gender-bending new book, the flaneuse is a "determined, resourceful individual keenly attuned to the creative potential of the city and the liberating possibilities of a good walk." Virginia Woolf called it "street haunting"; Holly Golightly epitomized it in Breakfast at Tiffany's; and Patti Smith did it in her own inimitable style in 1970s New York.

Part cultural meander, part memoir, Flaneuse takes us on a distinctly cosmopolitan jaunt that begins in New York, where Elkin grew up, and transports us to Paris via Venice, Tokyo, and London, all cities in which she's lived. We are shown the paths beaten by such flaneuses as the cross-dressing nineteenth-century novelist George Sand, the Parisian artist Sophie Calle, the wartime correspondent Martha Gellhorn, and the writer Jean Rhys. With tenacity and insight, Elkin creates a mosaic of what urban settings have meant to women, charting through literature, art, history, and film the sometimes exhilarating, sometimes fraught relationship that women have with the metropolis.

Called "deliciously spiky and seditious" by The Guardian, Flaneuse will inspire you to light out for the great cities yourself.

About the Author


Lauren Elkin's essays have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times Book Review, frieze, and The Times Literary Supplement, and she is a contributing editor at The White Review. A native New Yorker, she moved to Paris in 2004. Currently living on the Right Bank after years on the Left, she can generally be found ambling around Belleville.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780374537432
ISBN-10: 0374537437
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: February 6th, 2018
Pages: 336
Language: English

 

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