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About the Author: Robert Merle

Born in Tebessa located in ,what was then, the French colony of Algeria. Robert Merle and his family moved to France in 1918. Merle wrote in many styles and won the Prix Goncourt for his novel Week-end à Zuydcoote. He has also written a 13 book series of historical novels, Fortune de France. Recreating 16th and 17th century France through the eyes of a fictitious Protestant doctor turned spy, he went so far as to write it in the period's French making it virtually untranslatable.

His novels Un animal doué de la raison (A Sentient Animal, 1967), a stark Cold War satire inspired by John Lilly's studies of dolphins and the Caribbean Crisis, and Malevil (1972), a post-apocalyptic story, were both translated into English and filmed, the former as Day of the Dolphin. The film The Day of the Dolphin bore very little resemblance to Merle's story.

He died of a heart attack at his home La Malmaison in Grosrouvre near Paris.


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Paperback, Published in Sep 1994 by Le Livre de Poche

ISBN10: 225313550X | ISBN13: 9782253135500

" En vain Pierre de Siorac s'attarde-t-il au nid crénelé " de ses aïeux ou dans le Montpellier de ses études de médecine : un duel le contraint de gagner la capitale pour y demander la grâce du roi. Voici donc Paris en 1572. La faveur du protestant Coligny auprès de Charles IX, " l'infâme accouplement " de la catholique Margot avec Henri de Navarre scandalisent l'opinion. La haine entre les deux camps est à son comble. Pierre de Siorac découvre le monde des ruelles, du petit peuple, des ouvrières et des artisans ; et puis le Louvre, les princes, les grandes coquettes " dévergognées ", les soldats et les maîtres d'armes... Jusqu'au terrible matin de la Saint-Barthélemy qui le verra s'échapper de justesse.
Alliant magistralement vérité historique et entrain romanesque, Robert Merle poursuit ici la fresque inoubliable d'un demi-siècle de notre histoire, qui se prolongera dans "Le Prince que voilà." "

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