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Massacre of the Innocents (Massacre des Innocents )

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Original Language: French | 304 pp. | January 2018

2 Seas Represents: Dutch, Nordic, and North American Rights

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Inspired by the true story of the shipwreck in 1629 of the Batavia, a Dutch ship bound for the colonial trading posts of the far East, Marc Biancarelli sets out to depict the biggest massacre of the 17th century: the murder of the survivors of the shipwreck, who were scattered across small, isolated islands off the coast of Australia. In telling the story of the mutiny, rebellion, trials and hangings, Marc Biancarelli uses this bloody episode not only to inject life and soul into men contaminated by evil who, in a vicious circle, corrupt all those around them, but also to explore the roots of evil itself. This novel blends a kind of reportage of events of yesteryear with an exploration of pictorial representations of the 17th century and the personal obsessions of an author whose oeuvre is devoted to plumbing the depths of the violence which underscores human history.