The Gods Want Blood

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A new translation of a work by a Nobel-prize winning author

Set in Paris during the years of the Reign of Terror, this book centers on the rise to power of the Jacobin sympathizer Évariste Gamelin, a young painter who becomes a juror on a local Revolutionary tribunal. Caught up in the bloodthirsty mad­ness surrounding him, he helps to dispense cruel justice in the name of his ideals, while at the same time succumbing to his own petty instincts of revenge when he ...

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Overview

A new translation of a work by a Nobel-prize winning author

Set in Paris during the years of the Reign of Terror, this book centers on the rise to power of the Jacobin sympathizer Évariste Gamelin, a young painter who becomes a juror on a local Revolutionary tribunal. Caught up in the bloodthirsty mad­ness surrounding him, he helps to dispense cruel justice in the name of his ideals, while at the same time succumbing to his own petty instincts of revenge when he jealously pursues a rival for the affections of his lover Élodie. Benefitting from Anatole France's meticulous historical research, this fascinating and timeless novel sheds light on a complex world of rival factions and institutions of state terror and vividly portrays the lives and psyches of ordinary people who are complicit in acts of public barbarity.

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"A splendid evocation of the clubs, courts and murderous tumbrils of revolutionary Paris." —Times Literary Supplement
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847493194
  • Publisher: Alma Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 553,501
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Anatole France (1844–1924) was one of the most successful novelists and most famous men of letters of his time, winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1921. Douglass Parmeé (1914–2008) translated many works of classic and contemporary literature from French, Italian, and German, receiving the Scott Moncrieff Prize for French translation in 1976.
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