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Here is a story of the famous beast, written by a mountain man, Henri Pourrat.
The first testimony is that of a young cowgirl saved by her oxen massed around her in 1764.
Then came a long series of dramas - we are talking about a fantastic beast: the imprint of its feet, its size, the red spots on its dress, its feline suppleness, its cunning gave credence to all the hypotheses. The stories are mind-blowing. the beast engages in a veritable staging, torturing the kids to flush out the hidden shepherd and attack him. Is it a witch? A werewolf ?
Are related: all the attacks of the animal, the heroic fights of children or mothers trying to snatch their victims from the monster, the always vain beats, the royal decisions, the bonuses offered.
Finally, after three years, the huge beast is effortlessly killed during a hunt. It is a red-haired monster with a jaw gap of two sides, that is to say 45 centimeters.
The decomposed corpse is taken to Versailles: it is the end of the mystery of Gévaudan.
Year of publication of the presented edition : 2003 (Réimpression de l’édition de 1946)
Editor : Jeanne Laffitte
The author :
Henri Pourrat(1887-1959) French writer and ethnologist who collected the oral literature of Auvergne. French poet, novelist and storyteller, he will never leave this Auvergne where he was born. Sick from his adolescence, he leads a life of retirement and devotes himself to literature.