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Robert Laffont
EAN : 9782221106525
Shaping : BROCHE
Pages : 336
Size : 153 x 240 mm
Qoëlet

Release date : 24/08/2006

"If he weren’t a young, modern novelist, François de Gourcez could have been a sort of spiritual son to Emily Brontë and Jack London, with Alexandre Dumas, Rafaël Sabatini and Rudyard Kipling as uncles, and with Selma Lagerlöf (that of Gosta Berling’s Saga) for...

"If he weren’t a young, modern novelist, François de Gourcez could have been a sort of spiritual son to Emily Brontë and Jack London, with Alexandre Dumas, Rafaël Sabatini and Rudyard Kipling as uncles, and with Selma Lagerlöf (that of Gosta Berling’s Saga) for a godmother. His Qoëlet is both fiction and real, a grand, savory treat."
-- Didier Decoin of the Académie Goncourt

This excellent first novel by the young and extremely talented François de Gourcez will travel far in the world, just like its hero Qoëlet.

Qoëlet was born in Brittany at the beginning of the 18th century when the ferocious small pox devastated thousands of people at a time. He senses that he was put on this earth to accomplish a mission, but he doesn’t yet know what that is exactly. At 16, not knowing where to turn, he ventures out into the world to seek his purpose and fulfillment.

And so a breathtaking journey begins as we accompany Qoëlet to Italy, Constantinople, India and beyond, throughout the ups and downs of his quest, his excesses in wine and women, gambling, the Opium trade, and falling in love. The small pox crosses his path at every turn, taking the life of the woman he loves, and even forces him to lose a leg, which he replaces with a wooden peg. In India, he earns a great fortune thanks to the Opium trade, but it is not the kind of fulfillment he was seeking. There, he is witness to the discovery of a true cure for small pox -- the purposeful infection of humans with the small pox from cows will make them immune to the disease’s human variant. Finally, Qoëlet feels like his life makes sense; his mission is obvious – to save humanity from the small pox.

The tragic fall of Pondichery in 1761 forces the French to leave India and so Qoëlet reaches Paris and the court of Louis XV with the intention of accomplishing his mission. Although the enthusiasm for his medical discovery is not what it should be, Qoëlet remains determined. As he should be with the help of Madame Pompadour, the King’s once mistress and now political confidante, and her intellectual circle of friends.

More than an Bildungsoman and an incredible adventure story, Qoëlet is also the sweeping story of the 18th century.


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EAN : 9782221106525
Shaping : BROCHE
Pages : 336
Size : 153 x 240 mm
Robert Laffont