"Herodias" is the retelling of the beheading of John the Baptist. It starts slightly before the arrival of the Syrian governor, Vitellius. Herodias holds a huge birthday celebration for her second husband, Herod Antipas. Unknown to him, she has concocted a plan to behead John. According to Flaubert, this plan entails making her husband fall in love with her daughter, Salomé, leading to him promising her whatever she wants. Salomé, obviously in line with the instructions of her mother, will ask for John's head. Everything goes as planned. John has been repeatedly insulting the royals, so the king does not think long before granting Salomé's wish. The crowd gathered for the party waits anxiously while the executioner, Mannaeus, kills John. The story ends with some of John's disciples awaiting the Messiah.Biographie de l'auteur :
Flaubert is best remembered as the author of Madame Bovary, which caused both him and his publisher to be charged with immorality by the French government when it was first published. He achieved perfection in his work because of his relentless pursuit of the precise word or turn of phrase he needed. It is said that he would sometimes spend a week on a single page, and his writing is thought to be more exact and precise than that of any other French author.
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Description du livre Larousse Kingfisher Chambers, 1997. Mass Market Paperback. État : New. book. N° de réf. du libraire 203871150X