The Paris Stories

Laird Hunt

Publication Date: Fall 2010
110 Pages
ISBN13:  978-1-934851-21-0
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Available again for the first time in a decade, Laird Hunt’s stories, mock parables and false histories posit a Paris pushed none-too-gently through its own gilt-framed looking glass, turning both ends of the telescope on the old men, barbers, ventriloquists, orange sellers, battling lovers, ghosts and highly lucid dreamers doing their best to inhabit it. Imagine a series of scenes, shot by Agnès Varda and François Truffaut, in which Gertrude Stein, Michel de Montaigne and Max Ernst skip, stroll, swim and streak their way through the late 20th century streets and waterways of the French capital. Alternately elegiac, tender, humorous and dark, The Paris Stories will serve as a fresh introduction (or reintroduction) to the work of a writer whom Paul Auster has called “strange, original and utterly brilliant.”

About the Author, Laird Hunt

hunthspace=10Laird Hunt is the author of four genre-bending novels: The Impossibly, The Exquisite, Indiana, Indiana and Ray of the Star. His books have been translated and released in France, Italy, and Japan, and The Impossibly is available as an audio book through Iambik Audio. His work has also appeared in several recent anthologies including Noise: Fiction Inspired by Sonic Youth, in which the Village Voice says “Laird Hunt’s ‘Kissability,’ in its distillation of inchoate teenage longing, is . . . as lovely a passage as anything in pop music.” Born in Singapore and educated at Indiana University and The Sorbonne in Paris, Hunt has also lived in Tokyo, London, The Hague, New York City, and on an Indiana farm. A former press officer at the United Nations and current faculty member at the University of Denver.


There is much in this small volume which I like a great deal.
—W.G. Sebald

Laird Hunt and Paris exchange stories, each becoming the other: Hunt, the city, Paris, its overwhelmed narrator. Together, through a maze of irony-filled visions, dreams and haggard passions, they establish the impossible (though here, winning) race towards reality.
—Etel Adnan

Read them, read them at all costs these Paris Stories, these strange small sickness of love.
—Edmond R. Gosse


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