By John Merriman

Paris, 1911. Picasso, Debussy, and Proust have been revolutionizing artwork, tune, and literature. electrical energy had reworked the town of lighting fixtures. And the Parisian elites have been mad approximately their fancy new autos. The Belle Époque used to be good underway, but it was once now not with out incident. That yr, Paris used to be gripped by means of a violent crime streak that obsessed and nervous its electorate. sooner than Bonnie and Clyde and John Dillinger, the Bonnot Gang, led by means of the coarse Jules Bonnot, captured the minds of a country with their Robin Hood-esque capers. With weapons blazing, the Bonnot Gang robbed banks and prosperous Parisians and killed someone who bought of their manner in spectacularly cinematic fashion--all within the identify in their specific model of anarchism.

In Ballad of the Anarchist Bandits, John Merriman describes the Bonnot Gang's murderous tear and the Parisian police force's botched efforts to prevent them. on the middle of the booklet are anarchist idealists who desired to locate a substitute for Bonnot's crimes and the French government's unchecked violence. Victor Kibaltchiche and Rirette Maîtrejean met and fell in love at an anarchist rally, and jointly ran the novel Parisian newspaper L'Anarchie, which lined the Bonnot Gang with nice sympathy. The couple and their anarchist pals occupied an international a long way except the opulent Paris of the Champs-Élysées. Their Paris used to be an enormous urban of impoverished employees who lived close to bleak canals, cemeteries, and empty plenty round smoky factories. Victor and Rirette came across wish in radical politics, Bonnot and his gang in crime, yet none may perhaps break out the whole may perhaps of the French army. The fans have been arrested and imprisoned for his or her political beliefs, Bonnot used to be murdered after an hours-long standoff with the police, and his gang was once hunted down and sentenced to dying through guillotine or lifelong imprisonment.
Ballad of the Anarchist Bandits is a vintage story of misplaced factors, tragic heroes, and the real expenditures of justice and revenge.

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