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Clochemerle, Paperback / softback Book


A funny look at the social and political dynamic of French village life.

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 concepts...by 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. *Perfect for fans of Joanne Harris's Chocolate*


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780099453888

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