Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Rue Henri Barbusse

Our street -- like so many streets in Paris -- was named after a notable Parisian figure (although our street IS only two blocks long).

Our street was named after Henri Barbusse (May 17, 1873 - August 30, 1935), a French novelist and a member of the French Communist Party.

Amanda leaving our apartment, heading north on Rue Henri Barbusse.

He is famous enough to also make it into Wikipedia, which includes this little tidbit of dark humor:

While writing a second biography of Stalin in Moscow, Barbusse fell ill with pneumonia, and died on August 30, 1935 He is buried in Le Père Lachaise Cemetery [the large cemetery in NE Paris where Jim Morrison is famously buried], Paris. Unfortunately, his grave has been vandalized in recent years, with many people mistaking his tombstone for Oscar Wilde's. [!]

Furthermore, this article (translated using Google Translate) notes:

Many French towns have given after the war the name of Henri Barbusse to streets, schools or libraries. He embodied the struggle against war and the Nazis, the denunciation of the impotence of the League of Nations and the Communist victory. So in 1946, named Paris Henri Barbusse part of the avenue Denfert-Rochereau which starts from the Boulevard Saint Michel and the Rue de l'Abbe de l'Epee Avenue and ends of the Observatory, after crossing the Boulevard de Port Royal, and again avenue Denfert-Rochereau.

I feel so much better knowing all this. Don't you?

Class dismissed.

1 comment:

  1. Hi! My family and I are renting an apartment on Rue Henri Barbusse over NYE, and I'm wondering if you may have rented the same one. I googled the street to see if I can find it on a decent map and cannot, although I will keep trying. Interestingly, your blog post was the first thing that popped up! Wondering if you can tell me how close this street is to major Paris stuff.