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Publication in France:
16 May 2012

286 pages

The Dam

Gilbert BORDES

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In the Corrèze Valley, the project to build a dam disrupts the peaceful village of Saint-Geniez. One on hand, the authorities hope to revitalize the region by creating activities centered around an immense lake. On the other hand, the creation of this lake means flooding half of the town.

While young and old alike team up to fight against the swallowing up of their land, homes and even the cemetary, Fabienne Marquet falls under the spell of François Belmas, the engineer spearheading the project.

But Belmas is a philanderer and Fabienne knows it; no woman has ever succeeded in getting him to commit. So how can she fight the force that pushes her towards this irresistible man? What will it take for this young woman to find her taste for life again?


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.

More information in french

"Bien plus que les portraits, ou même que la psychologie des personnages, c'est avec l'émotion, les sentiments abrupts que Gilbert Bordes se distingue". blue-moon.fr

"Entre manifestations, tensions, oppositions et rebondissements, Gilbert Bordes va doucement tisser la trame de ce roman aux accents douloureux". La Montagne

"Un roman trrès humain souvent empreint de poésie". Courrier Gironde

"Gilbert Bordes sait parfaitement rendre vivants, vrais, tous ses personnages, avec leurs passions, leurs contradictions". plus.lefigaro.fr

"Du bon Bordes."Massif central