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Pierre Antoine Courouble signs here one of his most imaginative books.
Starting from real facts, it takes the reader through the maze of a trial which stages the arguments of essential witnesses in this affair of the Beast of Gévaudan which hit the headlines and rightly terrified the populations from 1764 to 1767, under the reign of Louis XV.
The book recounts in 13 chapters a trial in absentia of the Beast where the actors of the time like the bishop of Mende or the knight Antoine meet, disappeared personalities like the historian Alain Decaux or the psychiatrist Karl Gustav Jung as well as contemporary witnesses such as journalist Jean-Claude Bourret or wolf specialist Daniel Jumentier. The title is completed by an appendix by Jean-Claude Bourret "The Beast unveiled", transcription of the conference he had given in Paris in front of the Press club in April 11, 2016 when the reconstitution of the Beast was revealed to the general public.
"Hundreds of books have been published on the subject and still continue to be published in a register that unfortunately too often resembles that of barrel organs where the same litanies are played over and over again. The idea of writing an imaginary trial of the Beast where witnesses would speak, historical actors in the case but also historians of yesterday or today, as well as contemporary commentators and specialists , was clever because it had never been imagined before" Jean-Claude Bourret journalist. Paris, June 13, 2022.
"Huge BRAVO to you, that's some really good literature!" Bernard Soulier. Auvers, June 28, 2022
Year of publication of the presented edition : 2022 (July, 12) (170 pages) - 14€
Pierre-Antoine Courouble, born in 1960, in Lesquin a commune in the Nord department, Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, now lives in Joyeuse in the Ardèche department, Rhône-Alpes region. After studying law, economics and educational sciences, he campaigned in ecology to return in the 2000s to his first loves: education and writing. Teacher and press correspondent.
Pierre-Antoine Courouble is an active member of the CPPJ where he initiated the creation of two museums in the Duchy of Joyeuse (L’Espace Historique et Légendaire in 2002, the house of caricature and humorous drawing in 2003). Scriptwriter and actor, he created and implemented the spectacle of the theatrical visits to the Duchy of Joyeuse in 2002, which have been going on ever since and have been developed for tour operators.