Part of Emile Zolayes'>#8217;s multigenerational RougonMacquart saga, The Belly of Paris is the story of Florent Quenu, a wrongly accused man who escapes imprisonment on Devilyes'>#8217;s Island. Returning to his native Paris, Florent finds a city he barely recognizes, with its working classes displaced to make way for broad boulevards and bourgeois flats. Living with his brotheryes'>#8217;s family in the newly rebuilt Les Halles market, Florent is soon caught up in a dangerous maelstrom of food and politics. Amid intrigue among the marketyes'>#8217;s sellersyes'>#8211;the fishmonger, the charcutiyes'>#232;re, the fruit girl, and the cheese vendoryes'>#8211;and the glorious culinary bounty of their labors, we see the dramatic difference between yes'>#8220;fat and thinyes'>#8221; (the rich and the poor) and how the widening gulf between them strains a city to the breaking point. Translated and with an Introduction by the celebrated historian and food writer Mark Kurlansky, The Belly of Paris offers fascinating perspectives on the French capital during the Second Empireyes'>#8211;and, of course, tantalizing descriptions of its sumptuous repasts.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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