Alexis Vassilkov, or the Turbulent Life of Maupassant’s Son

Original title: Alexis Vassilkov ou La vie tumultueuse du fils de Maupassant

Author: Prou, Bernard

Publication Date:

May 2016

Pages:

432

Original language and publisher

Territories Handled

Worldwide excl. French

Genre

Literary Fiction

Alexis Vassilkov, or the Turbulent Life of Maupassant’s Son

Original title: Alexis Vassilkov ou La vie tumultueuse du fils de Maupassant

Author: Prou, Bernard

  • 2 Seas Represents: World Excl French.
  • Winner of the Prix du Jury de Saint-Maur en Poche 2016!
  • Over 12,000 copies sold

LITERARY FICTION

“A real page-turner, with diabolical suspense that makes it impossible to put down. An absolutely fascinating book written in a precise, elegant style. A real find. Run out and grab it, this is one of the best books of the year.” – Gerard Collard

The unknown story of Maupassant’s son.

Shortly before he died, Guy de Maupassant had a last fling with the Russian painter Lioubov Andreievna Vassilkova. The trials and tribulations of Alexis, their unrevealed son, lead him to revolutionary Russia. The young doctor soon becomes a part of Stalin’s entourage and winds up getting deported to the Mirny gulag, in Siberia, where he gets initiated into a clandestine Masonic lodge. A combination of political commitment, good luck, the occult support of a Yakut shaman and the love of the beautiful Ayami, bring him back to the freedom of his childhood in France. In 1940, Alexis joins the Resistance in the scrublands of the Haute-Loire region. The adventures of Alexis Vassilkov, an exceptional character who the playwright Fernando Arrabal described as a Strogoffian hero, who was involved in the most turbulent events of the 20th century, until well after World War II – told in a colorful, sweepingly epic style.

Selling points:

  • An exceptionally driven man who was involved in the major events in 20th-century Europe.
  • A chance to relive the Russian revolution and the Stalinist years, as well as the French resistance: a fascinating historical context for a thrilling life story.
  • A self-published book that caught Gérard Collard’s eye and became one of his top picks.