The Journey of Martin Nadaud: A Life and Turbulent Times
Chatto & Windus, 1999 - 310 páginas
Martin Nadaud tells the true story of an itinerant stone mason from the Creuse region, at the georgraphical heart of France, who became a builder and architect in Paris and who would eventually return to his birthplace as Prefect of the entire department. Self-taught, Nadaud was a republican who warmed to the emerging theories of socialism that would liberate so many of his class. After the failure of the 1848 revolution, he was forced to flee to a long and lonely political exile in London, returning again to Paris at the time of the Commune in 1871 to regain his public life.
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Born into a Creusois peasant family in 1815 , the year of Waterloo , he presents a unique case . He is the one mason with a remembered name who stands now for all the others . I do not think that this was how Nadaud saw himself .
Squelching water in our shoes was the most disagreeable thing of all . ' George Sand's viewpoint , as a landowner , was rather different . Although she was sympathetic to the working man , her first loyalty was to the peasant farmers .
It was possible for an adult mason , as for a peasant , to knock off from time to time for a smoke or a drink or simply a rest . When work was over they would set off back to their own quarters , often in large groups , not stopping on ...
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A skillful, imaginative exploration of the life of a 19th-century French stonemason who, with ferocious determination, transformed himself into a potent political force. Tindall (Célestine, 1996, etc ... Leer comentario completo
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