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Singing — and dying — nuns

Richard Lawrence on Poulenc's Carmelites

PARIS has much to offer the tourist who likes to visit the last resting-places of the famous: the Père-Lachaise for Balzac, Proust, Wilde, and Jim Morrison; Montparnasse for Beckett and Sartre; Montmartre for Berlioz and Offenbach. These cemeteries are well-known. But few visit the Cimetière de Picpus, a five-minute walk from the Nation métro station. This is where 1306 victims of the Terror are buried, their names recorded in the chapel; and, at the far end of the garden, near the grave of ...

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