French Literature Series
Jacques Jouet
Translated by Amber Shields

Based on the life of Post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin, Jacques Jouet’s Savage compels the reader to ask whether it is the primitive or the civilized man who is savage. At the height of the Belle Époque, an eccentric young clothing designer searches for inspiration and identity as an artist among the “savage” peoples of France’s colonies. Influenced by several exotic lovers, a quirky vieille dame, and Édouard Manet himself, Paul’s increasingly unconventional designs parallel his increasingly unbalanced state of mind as he struggles to find a market for his work among the haute bourgeoisie. The failure of this venture, coupled with psychosis due to an untreated illness, ultimately leads to his demise.

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Translated by Amber Shields
Publication: French Literature Series
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of pages: 108
ISBN-13: 9781564785350
GTIN13: 9781564785350
Publication date: 6/1/2009
Language: eng
List price: $12.95