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The War of the Poor - Eric Vuillard

The War of the Poor - Eric Vuillard

Title: The War of the Poor

Signed first edition, first printing

Author:  Eric Vuillard

ISBN:  9781529038538

Weight:  495 g



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The War of the Poor by Eric Vuillard

From the internationally bestselling author of The Order of the Day: Éric Vuillard once again takes us behind the scenes at a moment when history was being written.

The fight for equality begins in the streets.

The history of inequality is a long and terrible one.  And it’s not over yet.  Short, sharp and devastating, The War of the Poor tells the story of a brutal episode from history, not as well known as tales of other popular uprisings, but one that deserves to be told.

Sixteenth-century Europe: the Protestant Reformation takes on the powerful and the privileged.  Peasants, the poor living in towns, who are still being promised that equality will be granted to them in heaven, begin to ask themselves: and why not equality now, here on earth?

There follows a violent struggle.  Out of this chaos steps Thomas Müntzer: a complex and controversial figure, who sided with neither Martin Luther, nor the Roman Catholic Church.  Müntzer addressed the poor directly, encouraging them to ask why a God who apparently loved the poor seemed to be on the side of the rich.

Éric Vuillard tells the story of one man whose terrible and novelesque life casts light on the times in which he lived – a moment when Europe was in flux…

Peer & Press Reviews

Vuillard is the master demystifier, who leaves nothing sleeping in the shadows.  He is only civil when it comes to language, which he applies with a devastating irony and a grace that one rarely reads.

Grégoire Leménager, L’OBS

[A] compact, artful blend of history and fiction… in cinematic bursts of image and action…  [Vuillard] never forces analogies with the present, but the uprisings he describes feel like part of a war destined to rage in any era beset by gross inequalities.

New Yorker

A short and incandescent text.

Le Monde

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title The War of the Poor
Translator Mark Polizzotti
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On a signature page, tipped-in before the title page.
(Printed on this page is the title and the phrase ‘Signed by the author’.)
Book Stats
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Imprint Picador
Publication date
Printed by CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13 9781529038538
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 66
Size (h x w x d) 223 x 142 x 14mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Melania Avanzato
Jacket images Thomas Müntzer, c.1600 / photo © Bridgeman Images
German Peasants’ War, engraving by Hems Schenselin / photo © Bridgeman Images / Tarker (background)
Shutterstock (cross)

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