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Haussmann, or the Distinction

A Novel

Paul La Farge

Picador

Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann, who transformed Paris from a filthy and haphazard medieval city into the jewel of Europe, is rumored on his deathbed to have wished all his work undone. Why? The answer lies in the story of Madeleine, a foundling from the magical old world Haussmann destroyed; of de Fonce, a '"demolition man" who sold the rubble of Paris as antiques; and of a three-sided affair that reveals the moral bankruptcy of the city, a corruption hidden by the transformative work of its brilliant architect.

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"Imaginative. . .compelling storytelling. . .we can’t help reading on." --The New York Times Book Review

“LaFarge is a confident, tireless trickster and yarn spinner...a magician on the scale of Prospero." --San Francisco Chronicle

“LaFarge is a master storyteller with cleverness and inventiveness to spare....[An] ambitious and playful novel...full of artful prose, wit, and provocative ideas." --The Philadelphia Inquirer

"With his dazzling gift for bringing irretrievable cities to life, LaFarge conjures sinuous, melancholic otherworlds that feel wholly tangible." --The Village Voice

"Haussman designed cities; LaFarge designs worlds—splendid, elegant edifices built on the rubble of our dreams and history." --Colson Whitehead, author of John Henry Days
"Imaginative. . .compelling storytelling. . .we can’t help reading on." --The New York Times Book Review

“LaFarge is a confident, tireless trickster and yarn spinner...a magician on the scale of Prospero." --San Francisco Chronicle

“LaFarge is a master storyteller with cleverness and inventiveness to spare....[An] ambitious and playful novel...full of artful prose, wit, and provocative ideas." --The Philadelphia Inquirer

"With his dazzling gift for bringing irretrievable cities to life, LaFarge conjures sinuous, melancholic otherworlds that feel wholly tangible." --The Village Voice

"Haussman designed cities; LaFarge designs worlds—splendid, elegant edifices built on the rubble of our dreams and history." --Colson Whitehead, author of John Henry Days

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  • Paul LaFarge is the author of the critically acclaimed novel The Artist of the Missing.
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