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The Vampire of Ropraz

62 pages49 minutes


1. Jacques Chessex won France’s prestigious Prix Goncourt and is considered Switzerland’s most important living author writing in French. 2. A literary gem, The Vampire of Ropraz published in Paris to wide critical acclaim in 2007 and sold over 200,000 copies. 3. A lyrical, deliciously claustrophobic novel based on a true story that packs into its 108 pages what lesser authors would do in 600. It starts in the mountains of Switzerland and ends in the trenches of the Somme. It’s a portrait of turn-of-the-century rural communities still in the thrall of vampirism and sheds new light on contemporary urban obsessions with serial killers and multiple rapists.

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