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By John Merriman

Paris, 1911. Picasso, Debussy, and Proust have been revolutionizing paintings, track, and literature. electrical energy had remodeled the town of lighting. And the Parisian elites have been mad approximately their fancy new vehicles. The Belle Époque was once good underway, but it used to be now not with no incident. That yr, Paris was once gripped via a violent crime streak that obsessed and apprehensive its electorate. earlier than Bonnie and Clyde and John Dillinger, the Bonnot Gang, led through the coarse Jules Bonnot, captured the minds of a kingdom with their Robin Hood-esque capers. With weapons blazing, the Bonnot Gang robbed banks and filthy rich Parisians and killed somebody who received of their approach in spectacularly cinematic fashion--all within the identify in their specific model of anarchism.

In Ballad of the Anarchist Bandits, John Merriman describes the Bonnot Gang's murderous tear and the Parisian police force's botched efforts to prevent them. on the center of the ebook are anarchist idealists who desired to locate an alternative choice to Bonnot's crimes and the French government's unchecked violence. Victor Kibaltchiche and Rirette Maîtrejean met and fell in love at an anarchist rally, and jointly ran the novel Parisian newspaper L'Anarchie, which lined the Bonnot Gang with nice sympathy. The couple and their anarchist acquaintances occupied a global a ways except the opulent Paris of the Champs-Élysées. Their Paris was once an enormous urban of impoverished staff who lived close to bleak canals, cemeteries, and empty plenty round smoky factories. Victor and Rirette chanced on wish in radical politics, Bonnot and his gang in crime, yet none may perhaps get away the total may perhaps of the French army. The fans have been arrested and imprisoned for his or her political opinions, Bonnot was once murdered after an hours-long standoff with the police, and his gang was once hunted down and sentenced to demise via guillotine or lifelong imprisonment.
Ballad of the Anarchist Bandits is a vintage story of misplaced factors, tragic heroes, and the real charges of justice and revenge.

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