The Inquisitory (French Literature Series)

The Inquisitory (French Literature Series)

by Robert Pinget
     
 

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The Inquisitory consists entirely of the interrogation of an old, deaf servant regarding unspecified crimes that may or may not have taken place at his master's French chateau. The servant's replies - which are by turns comic, straightforward, angry, nostalgic, and disingenuous - hint at a variety of seedy events, including murder, orgies, tax fraud, and drug deals

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The Inquisitory consists entirely of the interrogation of an old, deaf servant regarding unspecified crimes that may or may not have taken place at his master's French chateau. The servant's replies - which are by turns comic, straightforward, angry, nostalgic, and disingenuous - hint at a variety of seedy events, including murder, orgies, tax fraud, and drug deals. Of course, the servant wasn't involved with any of these activities - if the reader chooses to believe him. In trying to convince the inquisitor of his innocence, the servant creates a web of half-truths, vague references, and glaring inconsistencies amid "forgotten" details, indicating that he may know more than he's letting on.

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Library Journal
Here is another of Pinget's novels that takes place in his fictional setting of Agapa, France. This 1966 outing, which is considered his best work, focuses on the interrogation of an old servant regarding a laundry list of crimes ranging from murder to tax fraud to drug trafficking occurring on his master's property. But although the servant pleads his innocence, how much is he really involved? Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564783271
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date:
11/28/2003
Series:
John F. Byrne French Literature Series
Pages:
399
Sales rank:
1,064,853
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Robert Pinget was born in 1920 in Geneva. His first collection of stories, Between Fantoine and Agapa, was pubished in 1951. Pinget has written more than 30 books: novels, plays, and "notebooks." His last book, Taches d'Encre came out in 1997, the year he died.

Donald Watson, FAIA, NCARB, is a well-known architect, author and educator and the editor-in-chief of Time-Saver Standards for Architectural Design Data, 7th Edition. He is Professor of Architecture and former Dean at the School of Architecture, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.

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