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When Charles Perrault published "Le petit Chaperon Rouge" in 1697, he was probably unaware that his tale would find a form of reality almost 70 years later in cruel and ferocious attacks perpetrated by an elusive beast in Gévaudan between 1764 and 1767.
The authors of "Gevaudan - small stories of the great beast" are both specialists in this tragedy and deliver us here a singular work by choosing to tell the story from the side of the victims.
They carry out a very complete and documented investigation into the circumstances of the appalling attacks of which the inhabitants of the region were victims, forced to arm themselves in an attempt to cope and to protect themselves clumsily.
This book is a kind of tribute to all the children, women and men savagely bitten, even killed by the monster. We can follow its course on the vast territory equivalent to the current department of Lozère and understand how the Beast thwarted all the hunts implemented to stop its actions.
This book may make you want to go there to follow the still vivid traces of the passage of the Beast by singing in the woods « Loup are you there, what are you doing? »
Year of publication of the presented edition : 2018 (244 pages)
Editor : Ex Æquo
The authors : Alain Bonet has been researching the Beast of Gévaudan since 2001. He posted the « chronodoc », the most important documentation on the case in free access, used by many researchers and authors. Benoît Baud'huin, veterinarian and connoisseur of hunting, carried out most of the new research in Gévaudan and in the archives, and had the chance to discover unknown or little known testimonies.