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La vie volée de Martin Sourire
Christian Chavassieux

Queen Marie-Antoinette waited for so long to get pregnant, that to console herself for the absence lack of children, she adopted orphans. Like the urchin found by the side of the road, whom she decided to call Martin. He has the adorably plump cheeks of a cherub, and a permanent smile that hides his inner anguish. Because he doesn’t speak, he soon comes to be thought of as the wild boy of Versailles. The Queen raises him at the Hameau, near the Petit Trianon, where he milks the cows on the miniature farm where the monarch pretends to be a shepherdess. But is that where he really belongs?

Christian Chavassieux draws his reader into the tumult and upheaval of the French Revolution. From the teeming streets of Paris to the kitchens of a luxurious restaurant, from a utopian architect’s drawing table to the Vendée during the massacres, he brings the tastes and distastes of an era filled with hope and betrayal back to life, without letting historical precision impede on the pleasure of story-telling. You won’t be able to put this story of a child searching for his real family down.

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  • Publication date : 03/01/2017
  • Size : 14 x 20,5 cm, 400 p., 21,00 EUR €
  • ISBN 978-2-7529-1071-4
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