Nocturnales - the last Jacobins | presentation

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Address: Borgo San Frediano, 8 Firenze, Florence

Date: Friday 1 February 19:00 - 20:30


Beatrice da Vela, writer, teacher and curator of the site, presents her novel, published with Triskell Editions, "Nocturnales, The Last Jacobins".

on 1/2/2019 at La Cité with Marina La Manna.

The book:

Paris, winter 1795.

After the execution of the robespierristi and the defeat of the Jacobins, the Republic is in the chaos of the Thermidorian reaction; the ideals of equality, freedom and fraternity seem only a distant memory and professing them has become dangerous. Four women very different from each other, but who have shared the same battles and the same affections, find themselves living in a world now hostile to them after losing their loved ones. The young Élisabeth, widow of one of the robespierristi, is a laundress to keep her son a few months old. Henriette, a lover of Saint-Just, after being sheltered by her parents, is forced to marry François, a doctor without charm and whom she can not love. Charlotte, sister of Robespierre, suffers the blackmail of a corrupt and unscrupulous official who threatens his life and that of those around her. Éléonore, sister of Élisabeth and companion of the Incorruptible, languishes in jail between violence and oppression because she does not intend to renounce her own values.

Fate brings the four women back to Paris, where they had been happy: they discover that their bond is still strong and that none of them has abandoned the dream of a better world. And if the memory of the past and the friendship that binds them are the key to continuing to fight?

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