Wednesday 1 March 2017

Hemingway's ode to 1920s Paris stirs the soul of the city today

Gerard O'Regan

Blue, white and red brassieres hang from a balcony in Marseille, France, after citizens were urged to hang the tricolour from their windows
Blue, white and red brassieres hang from a balcony in Marseille, France, after citizens were urged to hang the tricolour from their windows

If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.

The most oft-quoted reference to Ernest Hemingway's memoir of his time living in the French capital - as a fledgling young writer in the 1920s - has a certain piquancy in these pre-Christmas, winter days.

In Paris, sales of the book, famously titled 'A Moveable Feast' and published posthumously in 1964, have without warning, suddenly and dramatically increased.

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