Date(s) - Tuesday, 20th February
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Five Leaves Bookshop
If the word flâneur
conjures up visions of Baudelaire, boulevards and bohemia – then what exactly is a flâneuse
Lauren Elkin defines her as ‘a determined resourceful woman keenly attuned to the creative potential of the city, and the liberating possibilities of a good walk’. Part cultural meander, part memoir, Flâneuse traces the relationship between the city and creativity through a journey that begins in New York and moves to Paris, via Venice, Tokyo and London, exploring the paths taken by the flâneuses who have lived and walked in those cities.
From nineteenth-century novelist George Sand to artist Sophie Calle, from war correspondent Martha Gellhorn to film-maker Agnes Varda, Lauren considers what is at stake when a certain kind of light-footed woman encounters the city and changes her life, one step at a time.
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