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 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*


  • The plot is a marvel of ingenuity and makes most detective stories look primitive by comparison
    John Brophy

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Gabriel Chevallier

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