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Robert Laffont
EAN : 9782221263709
Shaping : BROCHE
Pages : 352
Size : 135 x 215 mm
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The Air is burning

Release date : 25/08/2022
The latest novel by Camille Pascal: a breathtaking plunge into the Orléans Regency of 1718
April 27th 1718. A fire is raging at the Petit-Pont Bridge in the centre of Paris, threatening to spread over to Notre-Dame cathedral. While the air in Paris is on fire, at the castle of Sceaux, the duchess of Maine is fanning the flames of intrigue, threatening the regency of... April 27th 1718. A fire is raging at the Petit-Pont Bridge in the centre of Paris, threatening to spread over to Notre-Dame cathedral. While the air in Paris is on fire, at the castle of Sceaux, the duchess of Maine is fanning the flames of intrigue, threatening the regency of Philipp of Orléans. Married to the firstborn of late King Louis XIV’s legitimized bastard sons, she herself is the granddaughter of the legendary Great Condé, the leader of the uprising against cardinal Mazarin and one of France’s foremost generals under the Sun King’s rule. Albeit her small stature, this precious little lady reigns with an iron fist over her court of refined spirits as well as over her husband. Relishing in the delicious art of political intrigue, she can count on three different groups for support: the prince Cellamare, ambassador of the Spanish court of King Phillip V, the old guard of courtiers who deplore the undoing of the Sun King’s diplomacy by his own son, and the rising number of officials dissatisfied with the regent’s politics.
In this spring of 1718, a wind of uprising is blowing over a state of France where two rivaling plots for a coup d’état foment around the minuscule duchess of Maine who already sees herself ruling over the kingdom.
Through the meanders of political intrigue, family feuds and a gallery of ever more extravagant portraits, Camille Pascal adroitly resuscitates the glorious time of the Regency in all its multi-faceted richness.

An already successful author whose two previous books have been awarded the Great Prize of the French Academy in 2018 and have been shortlisted for the prestigious Prix Goncourt in 2020
Her two latest works, “The Summer of the four Kings” [L’Été des quatre Rois, Plon, 2017] as well as “The Chamber of Fools” [La Chambre des Dupes, Plon, 2020] have been great public successes with respectively over 144,000 and over 42,000 copies sold.
 
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EAN : 9782221263709
Shaping : BROCHE
Pages : 352
Size : 135 x 215 mm
Robert Laffont