Welcome to Stories Under Paris

There are more than 300 stations in the Paris Métro. They are named for artists, writers, battles, châteaux, bridges, politicians, and events. But that’s just in the real world… Enter Stories Under Paris to discover the untold tales that dwell beneath the surface of Paris – one story for every Métro Station.

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July 9, 2017

Today’s story is called Mortal Clay.  It’s about a sculptor who accidentally makes a deal with the devil.  It’s also about the friendship between Alexandre Falguière and his younger contemporary, Auguste Rodin.  And it’s a little bit about opera, too.

I think of this genre of story as historical fantasy – it’s a fantasy story in which real characters interact with more mythical ones.  If this is something that appeals to you, you might also enjoy Clemençeau in the Underworld, in which a Prime Minister visits his soldiers on a particularly remote front; Sempre Camellia, in which Alexandre Dumas’ mistress resists being an unrealistic muse, and Javert’s Mercy, in which Victor Hugo talks philosophy with a fictional policeman.

If you like your historicals a little bit less obviously fantastical, The Curious Case of the Queen’s Crater has no magic at all, but quite a bit of physics, and Collaborations tells the story of two historical events that might have happened and one that certainly did not.

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