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Publication in France:
25 October 2012

240 pages

The Tower of Malvent

Gilbert BORDES

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After WWI, the impossible love story between a young woman married to a disabled soldier and the son of an Italian immigrant back from war without a scratch on him...

When Angelo returns to his village in 1919 after being gone for 11 years, he has only one desire: to find Marie, his first love. However, on the day of his return, the old tower that hovers over the village begins to emit odd sounds which disturb the townspeople. For some, the town has been cursed and is being punished for its past acts. Has Angelo come back to avenge the death of his father? His death weighs heavily on all like a shameful secret.

Doubt and fear settle in amongst the villagers as well as a profound desire to protect themselves against Angelo. In this tense situation, what will happen to the love between the young Italian and Marie? The young woman is the mother of a ten-year-old girl and the wife of Martin, a disabled war hero. While she is repulsed by her husband's physical appearance, she is tremendously grateful to him and struggles with the thought of leaving him.


Gilbert Bordes was a teacher and journalist before turning to his writing. He has published several successful novels with Belfond. He won the prix RTL Grand Public for La nuit des hulottes, and the prix Maison de la Presse for Le Porteur de destin.

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"Une bien étrange histoire dont il a le secret."La Montagne

"Ce qui nous charme le plus chez Gilbert Bordes, s'est sa façon réaliste et juste de savoir décrire l'atmosphère quotidienne au coeur d'un village... les querelles, les antagonismes, les secrets, la violence larvée, tout en s'acheminant alors d'une façon inexorable vers le point de rupture."Blue-moon.fr

"Un très joli roman qui nous, plonge dans la France rurale à l'aube de la désertification."Blue-moon.fr

"Le style Gilbert Bordes est [...] une affection "coléreuse"mêlée de tendresse bourrue pour ses personnages plus ou moins frustres, plus ou moins violents, plus ou moins réfléchis, au jugement prompte et à laveuglemetn entêté."Blue-moon.fr

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