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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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Mass Market Paperback, Published in May 2002 by Le Livre de Poche

ISBN10: 2253153044 | ISBN13: 9782253153047

Page count: 477

Apres le terrible siege de La Rochelle, Louis XIII et Richelieu peuvent esperer en avoir fini avec la rebellion protestante, et avoir retabli la paix dans le royaume, eliminant le dernier bastion anglais. Quant au duc d'Orbieu, ami d'enfance et homme de confiance du roi, il aspire d'autant plus au repos qu'il vient de se marier.
Pourtant, les trois annees qui suivent vont etre celles de tous les dangers: menees des Habsbourg dans la peninsule italienne, agitation endemique des villes du Midi, complots des grands du royaume, encourages par le frere du roi Gaston d'Orleans, contre le tout-puissant cardinal qu'ils detestent... Pire: la reine-mere elle-meme intrigue deliberement contre son fils, pretant la main a toutes les cabales.
Tels sont les evenements qui revivent a travers les souvenirs du duc d'Orbieu. Des souvenirs ou abondent peripeties et coups de theatre, menes avec la precision historique et la saveur de langage qui ont valu a Fortune de France un succes jamais dementi.

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