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Gods Want Blood

Gods Want Blood

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A splendid evocation of the clubs, courts and murderous tumbrils of revolutionary Paris.

Set in Paris during the years of the Reign of Terror, The Gods Want Blood centres on the rise to power of the Jacobin sympathizer Evariste 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 Elodie.
Benefiting 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.

The son of a Parisian bookseller, Anatole France (1844-1924) became one of the most successful novelists and most famous men of letters of his time, winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1921.