Gilles And Jeanne

Tournier Michel

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Cover Type: Softcover
Book Condition: Good
Jacket Condition: None Issued
Publisher: Minerva
Publisher Place: London
Publisher Year: 1990
Edition: Reprint

Description: 125 pages. Book is in general good condition. There is some light reading wear present, but still a presentable copy.

Publishers Description: Like his best-selling novel The Ogre, Michel Tournier's Gilles & Jeanne is a brilliant fictional appropriation of resonant historical events. It deals with the relationship between Jeanne d'Arc and Gilles de Rais, one of the French nobles who rallied to the cause of the Dauphin and fought by Jeanne's side. After her death, he retreated to his castle in the Vendee and becam Like his best-selling novel The Ogre, Michel Tournier's Gilles & Jeanne is a brilliant fictional appropriation of resonant historical events. It deals with the relationship between Jeanne d'Arc and Gilles de Rais, one of the French nobles who rallied to the cause of the Dauphin and fought by Jeanne's side. After her death, he retreated to his castle in the Vendee and became obsessed with alchemy and the black arts. In 1440, nine years after Jeanne's immolation, Gilles himself went to the stake, condemned as a heretic and convicted of torturing and murdering scores of local children. Shrouded in mystery and dark legend, Gilles has survived the centuries as the historical basis for the figure of Bluebeard.In the spare, spellbinding language of fable, Tournier reimagines the attraction between the ghoulish Gilles and the saintly Jeanne. "Historians wonder how Jeanne, so lucid, so intelligent, was able to put up with this man who was a monster," he has said. "My answer is that she made him a monster." Writing between the lines of the existing historical texts, he engages Gilles and Jeanne in a dialectic of good and evil, positing her martyrdom as the psychological - and perhaps theological - cause of his depravity. In Tournier's hands, the two figures become poles of a stark moral landscape as Gilles, with Jeanne's cries from the stake ringing in his ears, turns his life into a diabolical mirror image of hers.This compelling novel confirms Tournier's status as a writer and thinker of extraordinary power. ...more

ISBN: 9780749390013

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