Key to the city,

by tiresomemoi

key to your door, key to your heart?


Hand and Key, rue Henri Barbusse* – 9 January 201620160109 Hand, rue Henri Barbusse


*From 1569 to 1879 the street was known as rue d’Enfer** (Hell Street). Later it became part of rue Denfert-Rochereau. Since 1946, the street honors the author Adrien Gustave Henri Barbusse (1873-1935). In 1908 Barbusse wrote L’Enfer, a novel critical of French society and its institutions.


**Many moons ago I wrote about Passage d’Enfer. That post includes a short history of rue d’Enfer.