Other Press (NY)
November 03, 2020
5.0 X 7.6 X 0.7 inches | 0.45 pounds
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About the Author
Éric Vuillard is an award-winning author and filmmaker who has written ten books, including Conquistadors (winner of the 2010 Prix Ignatius J. Reilly), and La bataille d'Occident and Congo (both of which received the 2012 Prix Franz-Hessel and the 2013 Prix Valery-Larbaud). He won the 2017 Goncourt Prize, France's most prestigious literary prize, for The Order of the Day (Other Press, 2018). Born in Lyon in 1968, he now lives in Rennes, France. Mark Polizzotti has translated more than fifty books from the French, including works by Gustave Flaubert, Patrick Modiano, Marguerite Duras, André Breton, and Raymond Roussel. A Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the recipient of a 2016 American Academy of Arts & Letters Award for Literature, he is the author of eleven books. He directs the publications program at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
"Artful...cinematic...[Vuillard] knit[s] things together with a muscular, angry commentary on 'the great sophisms of power.' He never forces analogies with the present, but the uprisings he describes feel like part of a war destined to rage in any era beset by gross inequalities." --The New Yorker "A slender, vivid history of a 16th-century populist revolt that holds relevance for current times...[A] powerful, moving book...in which every word is important, one that deserves to be read multiple times." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "This unique and provocative account brings the chaos of the Reformation to vibrant life." --Publishers Weekly "In times of punishing social and economic inequality, not unlike the one we are enduring, messianic prophets such as the German preacher and radical Thomas Müntzer rise to mobilize the wretched of the earth to defy the ruling elites. Éric Vuillard draws on this epic moment in sixteenth-century history, known as the Peasants' War, to remind us that there are serious consequences to unfettered greed and a callous disregard for the plight of the working class by a rapacious oligarchic elite." --Chris Hedges, author of America: The Farewell Tour "The War of the Poor is a brilliant parable of the burning rage that extreme inequality calls forth in the poor, and the terrified cruelty that the rich mete out in reply. This is historical narrative as existentialist politics. Its account of ecstatic populist insurrection in sixteenth-century Germany is written in the universal language of lived desire, and speaks directly, here and now, to me and you." --Daniel Markovits, Guido Calabresi Professor of Law, Yale Law School, and author of The Meritocracy Trap "A small masterpiece, concise and sharp as a knife...with a relevance at once searing, chilling, and astounding." --L'Obs "A short, incandescent text...superb." --Le Monde des livres "An entire world in so few pages. [The War of the Poor has a] historical and literary density that commands admiration." --La République des livres