Clochemerle, Paperback


Gabriel Chevallier's delightful novel Clochemerle satirizes the titanic confrontation of secular and religious forces in a small wine-growing village in Beaujolais.

The eruption begins when the socialist mayor decides that he wants to leave behind a monument to his administration's achievements.

He takes as his model the ancient Romans, who were famous for two things: hygiene and noble edifices.

Thus, he decides to unite the two constructing a public urinal in the centre of town.

There is one problem, however. The chosen locale is next to the village church, and this outrages the ecclesiastical party.




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