The Gods Are Athirst


Title: The gods are thirsty

Author: Anatole Franz

Translator: Kazem Emadi

Publisher: Amirkabir

Subject: French stories

Age category: Adult

Number of pages: 247

Language: Farsi



The book The Gods Are Athirst was able to describe well the historical and turbulent developments of those days in Paris and to depict the madness of a young painter who is now thirsty only for terror and blood.

Anatole France, winner of the 1921 Nobel Prize in Literature, depicts the story of The Thirsty Gods in a historical context; When the great French Revolution is taking place and a man painter joins the revolutionary forces, he becomes a fanatical Jacobin and guillotines many people in the name of justice.

About the Book of the Thirsty Gods:
In 1912, the famous French writer Anatole France wrote the book The Gods Are Athirsty. A novel that tells the life story of a Parisian painter named Avarist Gamelin, who joins the revolutionary forces known as the Jacobins in the midst of the French Revolution of the early 1990s.

An orthodox figure who always believed in justice and equality and wanted to implement it in his society, he followed the ideas of “Maximilian Robespierre and Jean-Paul Mara”, the extremist and prominent leaders of the French Revolution, and later became a member of the jury. The revolution becomes a bloodthirsty judge and kills hundreds, including innocent people and even his closest friends and family members. He even goes so far as to use the guillotine blade for personal revenge.

Who is the book of the thirsty gods suitable for?
If you are interested in French literature and history, the book The Thirsty Gods is recommended.

Learn more about Anatole France:
He was a French poet, critic, and journalist who began his career in 1869 and became famous for writing the novel Sylvester Bonard’s Crime in 1881, for which he received an award from the French Academy for writing the book. Anatole France won the Nobel Prize in Literature three years before his death in 1921; He also became a member of the French Academy in 1896.

France was included in the list of banned books of the Roman Catholic Church in 1922, but this restriction was finally lifted in 1966.

Some of the most important works of Anatole France are:
– Varus Corps (Poetry Collection – 1867)
– Golden Poems (Poetry Collection – 1873)
The Marriage of Carinthia (Poetry Collection – 1876)
– Biography of Jandarak (two volumes – 1908)
– Epicurus Garden (Book of Literary and Social Criticism – 1895)
– Rebellion of Angels (Story and Novel – 1914)
– Balthazar (Story and Novel – 1889)
– Penguin Island (Story and Novel – 1908)
In a part of the book, the gods are thirsty, we hear:
Gamel’s lawyer sat in the revolutionary court for the second time. Before opening the meeting, he talked with his colleagues about the news coming in the morning. There was a lot of dubious news, but what was recorded was terrifying. Allied armies dominate all roads and advance together. Vandeh won, Lyon revolted, Toulouse surrendered to the British, and fourteen thousand troops were sent there.

These judges, who were sure that if the homeland was lost, would lose it themselves, made public security their personal business and led the interests of the nation, mixed with their own interests, their feelings, emotions and actions.
From his seat, Gamel received a letter from Trober, the secretary of the Defense Committee. In that letter, he announced his appointment to the Gunpowder Commissioner. “You have to search all the cellars in the neighborhood to get the items needed to make gunpowder. The enemy may arrive in front of Paris tomorrow. Homeland must provide us with a thunderbolt to throw at the invaders. I am sending you the order of the Convention on Gunpowder. “Health and brotherhood.”

About the book The Gods Are Athirst by Anatole France
The Thirsty Gods is a landmark work by the French author Anatole France, who has been dubbed the king of French prose. Anatole France was born in 1844 and was the son of a bookseller named François, after whom he was nicknamed “France”. In the book The Thirsty Gods, we see the story of the life and social and revolutionary activity of painting, which, while having a rebellious spirit, also has prejudiced views on the revolution.

The author follows the turbulent life of this painter in the blinds of the events of the Great French Revolution, and presents the reader with a picture of a way from his private life to his membership in the Revolutionary Court and the daily issues of the period of suffocation and intimidation.
Anatole Thibault, who chose the name France in literature, was born in 1844 in Paris. His father was a bookseller and instilled in his son a fascination with great literary works from an early age. In high school he became acquainted with the masterpieces of ancient Greece and Rome and had humanitarian ideas from an early age.

Some time later, he separated from his father to make a living, working in a bookstore in Paris and meeting the elders of that time. He wrote literary criticism for years for the newspaper and showed his classical taste by sharply criticizing the ambiguity of Symbolist’s poems and the naivety of Naturalist descriptions. France also avoided political issues and thus became known as a pious artist.

He separated from his wife after a series of events. He quit his job at the library and literary criticism and joined Emile Zola’s associates with an astonishing political turn. With his writings he studied the daily life of the French people and after the First World War he joined the ranks of leftist fighters and was able to win the Nobel Prize in 1921. He finally passed away in 1924 at the height of his glory.

An excerpt from the text on the back of the book reads:

The nuns of the Aztec Pagoda (Mexico) had told their king Montezuma: The gods are thirsty.
The French nineteenth-century journalist Camille Demoulin used the same phrase as a nun in his critique of the brutal killings of the courts.

The Book of The Gods Are Athirst
Perhaps it is not bad to pay attention to the author’s background in relation to the phenomenon of revolution before reading the book. Anatole France was constantly thinking about revolution. His father was a bodyguard of Charles X, who was expelled from the army during the 1830 Revolution. He himself was four years old in the revolution of 1848. Throughout his childhood and adolescence, he had inevitably seen the impact of the country’s political ups and downs on his personal and social life.

Thirty years ago, he witnessed the bloody massacre of Commune 1871. His father was also known for selling books on the Great Revolution. Therefore, in general, it is not an exaggeration to consider him as an expert on the issues of the Great Revolution.
The story of the novel The Thirsty Gods takes place in a special and inflammatory context after the Great French Revolution.

Gamelin is a young man with a pure and just spirit and an art lover with revolutionary and pure ideals. A young man strongly influenced by the ideas of Jean-Paul Mara (one of the extremist leaders of the French Revolution) and Maximilian Robespierre (one of the most prominent leaders of the French Revolution who staged a period of terror after the revolution and was eventually executed by guillotine);

During his events, Avarist becomes a member of the jury of the Revolutionary Court, his revolutionary passion and prejudices towards the revolution gradually make him a bloodthirsty, cruel and cruel creature, a creature who, when placed in the position of justice and fairness, is willing to shed much blood; To the extent that the guillotine becomes a sacred object for him and he gradually finds a religious and mystical image of punishment!
The gods are thirsty, the story of the purges and the killings and executions after the French Revolution, the story of the fact that the revolution will finally devour its own children! A story of revolutionaries who, after coming to power, take on an animal temperament and commit any crime in the name of freedom and justice, a story of how ideological and blind prejudices against an ideology can turn a simple, patriotic and just young man into a hangman. Build!

Anatole France appears in the book The Thirsty Gods as a handsome, well-mannered and philosophical man named Maurice Brutto, who has all the characteristics of the heroes of his books, such as Randy, exaggeration, carelessness, ridicule and mockery of the principles of human beliefs, and pity. It has human misfortunes and pains.

In fact, Brutto’s character is a reflection of the author’s own thoughts in the book, and the sections on Brutto are among the best in the book.
In general, the main theme of the book is ideological prejudices. The protagonist of the book wants to show that where a person thinks he has the truth, he becomes a greedy and violent creature.

The translator of the book, who has provided a good translation of the book, writes in his introduction to the book: “The eternal cycle of life, the ups and downs of history, which makes human beings a toy of destiny and turns life into a dream.”

Sentences from the Book of The Gods Are Athirst
It is obvious that you are revolutionary in this worldly affairs, but conservative and even reactionary in the hereafter. One thing seems very strange to me: the French, who do not tolerate a mortal king, insist on keeping an eternal king who is much more cruel and cruel than him.

Because what is the significance of the Bastille prison and even the burning tombs against hell? Man worships his gods in the image of his authoritarian rulers. You who have discarded the original keep the copy!

I myself am fascinated by wisdom, but I have no prejudice against it. Wisdom is our guide and our beacon, but if you make it from divine wisdom, it will blind you and lead you astray and to crime.
Theologians and sages who consider God to be the creator of nature and the architect of the universe make him irrational and hard-hearted in our eyes. Because they fear the gods, they are called kind. But they have to admit that the gods act in a cruel way.

Evil is attributed to them, which is less seen in human beings, and thus they make human beings worship them, because if our dark generation does not fear the gods of justice and benevolence, you will no longer worship them and against their goodness. He will not express fruitless gratitude. If they take purgatory and hell from the gods, the gods are no more than slaves of the poor.

The greatest events, after penetrating the psyche of the people, shrunk to the scale of their souls and became as vulgar as they were.
All charitable deeds and every sacrifice and forgiveness are inspired by selfishness. Selfishness provides a means by which one recognizes oneself in the presence of all gentiles, and in the gloom of others thinks and grieves one’s grief.

Selfishness motivates man to help someone who has a nature and destiny like his own, so that when he helps his fellow man, he thinks he is helping himself.

Innocent, responsible for all the troubles and crimes of the republic, selfish and fearless, ambitious and at the same time moderate and extremist, eloquent in repression and forgiveness, fascinated by declaring war and incapable of governing it, whatever they were, now all try the people in the same way. They were taken to court.

However, all of them were famous youths of the revolution and were considered all over its attraction and pride.
The interrogator, who will now be interrogating Randy, the yellow-haired prosecutor who is sitting there at his small desk, preparing the means for their death and disgrace, the jury members who will now shut the defendants and allow them to defend themselves. They will not give it to them, even to the spectators who are being rained down with insults and insults, that is, the interrogator and the jury and the spectators, who until recently applauded their eloquence, praised their art and praised their purity. But now their memory was erased from all this.

Since the time of Homer, the strange madness of poets to praise generals has plagued them. War is not an art. Two warlords who are engaged in battle, although both are fools, but one of them must win anyway.

Wait for the day when one of these Qaddars, who are now ascending to the highest throne, will devour you all like a morsel! On that day, this commander will really become God, because they know the gods by appetite!

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