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Overview

It is 1870, and Paris is in turmoil. As the social and political turbulence of the Franco-Prussian War roils the city, workers starve to death while aristocrats seek refuge in orgies and séances. The Parisians are trapped like rats in their beautiful city, when a series of gruesome murders captures their fascination and distracts them from the realities of war. The killer leaves lines from the recently deceased Charles Baudelaire’s controversial anthology Les Fleurs du Mal on each corpse, written in the poet’s exact handwriting. Commissioner Lefevre, a lover of poetry and a veteran of the Algerian war, is on the case, and his investigation is a thrilling, intoxicating journey into the sinister side of human nature, bringing to mind the brooding and tense atmosphere of Patrick Susskind’s Perfume. Did Baudelaire rise from the grave? Did he truly die in the first place? The plot dramatically extends as far as the court of the Emperor Napoleon III.

A vivid, intelligent, and intense historical crime novel that offers up some shocking revelations about sexual mores in 19th century France, this superb mystery illuminates the shadow life of one of the greatest names in poetry. Winner of the Hercule Poirot Prize for best crime novel of the year 2007 and the USA Best Book Award 2014 in the category of mystery/suspense.

1870 год. Париж в смятении. По мере того как социально-политический хаос франко-прусской войны будоражит город, рабочие умирают от голода в то время как аристократы ищут забвения в оргиях и спиритических сеансах. В своем прекрасном городе парижане оказались как крысы в ловушке, однако, серия жутких убийств захватывает их воображение и отвлекает их от реалий войны. На каждом трупе убийца оставляет стихи из скандально известного сборника «Цветы зла» недавно умершего поэта Шарля Бодлера, причем стихи написаны почерком самого автора. Это дело ведет комиссар Лефевр, любитель поэзии и ветеран алжирской войны, и его расследование явилось захватывающим путешествием в мир темной стороны человеческой натуры, воскрешающим в памяти напряженную атмосферу медленно надвигающейся опасности в книге «Парфюмер» Патрика Зюскинда. Мог ли Бодлер подняться из могилы? Умер ли он на самом деле? Драматическая сюжетная линия ведет ко двору императора Наполеона III.

Этот яркий, интеллектуальный и динамичный исторический криминальный роман предлагает целый ряд шокирующих откровений о нравах сексуальной жизни в 19 веке во Франции. Это превосходный детектив, который освещает теневую сторону жизни одного из величайших имен мировой поэзии. Премия Эркюля Пуаро за лучший детективный роман 2007 года и награда за лучшую книгу 2014 года в США в категории детектив и саспенс.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681143088
Publisher: Anaphora Literary Press
Publication date: 04/05/2017
Edition description: Russian Translation ed.
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

The Belgian/Flemish author Bob Van Laerhoven debuted in 1977 as a short story writer, and in 1985 as a literary novelist. More than thirty-five novels followed, most of them cross-over between literature and the suspense novel.
Van Laerhoven explored-sometimes in association with Médecins sans Frontières-trouble-spots across the globe from 1990 to 2003: Somalia, Liberia, Sudan, Gaza, Iran, Iraq, Myanmar, Mozambique, Lebanon, Burundi... To name but a few. During the Bosnian war, he was in besieged Sarajevo, and in 1995 he sneaked into Tuzla when the refugees arrived from the Muslim enclave of Srebrenica. His conversations with them resulted in the book Testimony to a Mass Murder.
De wraak van Baudelaire won him the Hercule Poirot Prize for best suspense novel of the year in Belgium. La Vengeance de Baudelaire was published in France and in Canada, followed by Baudelaire's Revenge in the US, and Le Mensonge d'Alejandro in France. Baudelaire's Revenge won the USA Best Book Award 2014 in the category "mystery/suspense." In 2015, Dangerous Obsessions, a collection of stories, set in different places all over the world and with war as a background, came out. "Dangerous Obsessions" was voted "best short story collection of 2015" by the San Diego Book Review. Van Laerhoven contributed to Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, the literary magazine Conclave, A Journal of Character, and the UK literary magazine Wasafiri. He is also one of the authors in the 2015 anthology Brussels Noir from Akashic Books (USA).

Лариса Биюц

Anna Faktorovich is the Director and Founder of the Anaphora Literary Press. She is currently teaching college English at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Previously, she taught for three years at the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and the Middle Georgia State College. She has a Ph.D. in English Literature and Criticism. She published two academic books with McFarland: Rebellion as Genre in the Novels of Scott, Dickens and Stevenson (2013) and The Formulas of Popular Fiction: Elements of Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Religious and Mystery Novels (2014). She published two poetry collections Improvisational Arguments (Fomite Press, 2011) and Battle for Athens (Anaphora, 2012). She also released two historical novels: The Romances of George Sand (2014), and The Battle for Democracy (2016). She published two fantasy novellas with Grim's Labyrinth Publishing: The Great Love of Queen Margaret, the Vampire (2014) and The Campaigns against the Olden: Kingdoms of Laruta (2014). She also wrote and illustrated a children's book, The Sloths and I (Anaphora, 2013). She has been editing and writing for the independent, tri-annual Pennsylvania Literary Journal since 2009, and started the second Anaphora periodical, Cinematic Codes Review in 2016. She has presented her research at the MLA, SAMLA, EAPSU, SWWC, BWWC and many other conferences. She won the MLA Bibliography, Kentucky Historical Society and Brown University Military Collection fellowships.

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