Roissy Express: A Journey Through the Paris Suburbs

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Accompanied by photographer Anaik Frantz, Francois Maspero embarked on a journey along the RER, the express subway which leads through the Paris suburbs. Getting off the train at each stop, he and Frantz present a picture of daily life in France which tourists seldom see: a world where names don’t make sense, where immigrants from Burkino Faso live in run-down tower-blocks called Debussy on the avenue Karl Marx, their children dodging the police between the lycee Jules Valles and the Yuri Gagarin youth-club; a world where there are still memories of the Commune, the Popular Front or the camp at Drancy from where French officials sent a hundred thousand Jews to Auschwitz; a world where no one is a racist, but National Front posters are everywhere. Maspero’s aim is to put this world back on the map.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

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Anyone who has ever attempted to create something positive from nothing or write something about nothingness will understand and appreciate the amount of time and effort that went into this tedious undertaking. In 1989, two Parisians decided to take the Roissy Express, a commuter train, to the Paris suburbs and explore life along each stop. This is their narrative-a documentary written in diary format. They write of towns without pasts, places without futures, relics without people, ghost towns, a concentration camp way station, people, farms, desolation, poverty, hopelessness. This is not a travel guide for Americans or other foreign tourists but a sociological history and commentary of and for Parisians and French suburbanites. Not recommended for popular collections in this country.
Ann E. Cohen, Rochester P.L., N.Y.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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