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What does "artistic demimonde" mean? what kind of people are they?

I'm a translator (Japanese) and I'm working on a documentary on the history of drugs in France. I'm stuck on one sentence that goes "It then spread to the artistic demimonde of Paris". Somebody please help me. You're my only hope.

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  • Jim
    Lv 7
    6 years ago
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    Lene is right. It specifically applied to prostitutes and grisettes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grisette_%28person%29

    The words demimonde and grisette are both flexible. Grisettes were particularly attracted to artists and were more committed than prostitutes but less committed than mistresses. Perhaps that's where the demi (half) comes from.

    You have a difficult task because the cultural background is important.

    You might want to see the movie, Irma la Douce for some background.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057187/

    There were some parallels in early Japanese culture. The specifics of the Yoshiwara are difficult for westerners to understand.

    Good luck. Language is easier to translate than culture.

  • Lene
    Lv 4
    6 years ago

    It means the seedy/shady world of artists. These people would live in unsavoury parts of town, etc.

    A Demimonde is a sort of non-mainstream section of society.

    see meaning 1.1. :

    http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/engli...

  • 5 years ago

    It means that you are special in a good way and that there's no one else in the entire world like you.

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