15 Days until THE BONES OF PARIS…
It’s 15 days until The Bones of Paris, Laurie R. King’s suspense novel of 1929 Paris.
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Théâtre du Grand-Guignol: 20 bis, rue Chaptal
The Théâtre du Grand-Guignol was at the end of a tight little cul de sac a couple of streets away from the garish facades of Clichy and the Place Pigalle. Guignol was a puppet, also known as Punchinello. Stuyvesant stood before the uninformative closed doors and wondered how a proper theater could make its income off a puppet show, no matter how grand.
Guignol has a modern meaning far from innocent childhood entertainments, and this theater is why. It, and one of its owners, plays a central role in The Bones of Paris, as it played a role in the life of Paris. The Grand-Guignol was a descendent of the Medieval Mystery plays, where terror waited at the edges of daily life, where betrayal was commonplace, where the true horror was not something external and objective, but slipped in when it was least expected.
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