Angelo by Jean Giono

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Angelo, a young Hussar colonel and expert swordsman, has had to escape into France from his native Piedmont after killing an Austrian police-spy in a duel. Travelling the roads of Provence disguised as a French workman, he falls in with an eccentric marquise, Celine de Theus, and becomes a guest at the chateau, where she lives with her elderly brother Laurent. It is in the early years of the nineteenth century, the era of seditious movements to unseat those in power and destabilise monarchies - and no one has a greater appetite for fishing in these troubled waters than Laurent, whose years are belied by his youthful energy on horseback. Now he has married a raven-haired beauty in the prime of youth, and she is not indifferent to this new Italian guest.

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Jean Giono is one of the most renowned authors in French twentieth-century literature. He wrote over thirty novels, numerous essays and stories, plays, and film scripts. In 1953 he was awarded the Prix Monégasque for his collective work. He died in 1970.
Published January 1, 1969 by A Panther Book. 160 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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For the painting's origin, he delves into the diary of a local storyteller and his encounter with an unknown 14th-century painter commissioned to portray a beguilingly pure model--his ""living Madonna."" Wiese blends the naive painter's literal virgin-whore complex with the storyteller's counterp...

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