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.
- Paperback | 336 pages
- 128 x 194 x 24mm | 281.23g
- 26 Oct 2004
- Vintage Publishing
- Vintage Classics
- London, United Kingdom
About Gabriel Chevallier
Gabriel Chevallier was born in Lyon in May 1895. He wrote Clochemerle in 1934 and Propre a Rien in 1938. He died in Cannes in April 1969.
"The plot is a marvel of ingenuity and makes most detective stories look primitive by comparison" -- John Brophy "A fine satire, filled with humorous incidents and much subtle philosophy. It is for intelligent, open-minded people with a sense of humour" * Yorkshire Post * "The author has a wonderful eye for village types, and the village of Clochemerle is built up for us as a shining and integrated whole - he has chosen to employ his great talents in describing a series of people, episoded and conversations that are ribald, exaggerated and bizarre. I must confess that its rollicking grossness pleased me" * Howard Spring * "A full-blooded uproarious farce in the Rabelaisian tradition" * Times Literary Supplement *
"A full-blooded uproarious farce in the Rabelaisian tradition"