Wednesday, 15 July 2009


The usual translation of the title is "The Gods are athirst". This masterpiece of French literature, written by Anatole France describes life in Paris under the Terror during the French Revolution.

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Maximilien de Robespierre (1758-1794)

Architect of the Terror described in this book

Index of study notes on Les Dieux ont Soif

Each of the topics below is a link to topics and essays to assist students studying this book.

Click on the chosen title to access the notes.

1) Detailed summary of “Les Dieux ont Soif” along with commentary

2) The historical background to the novel

Further notes will be posted in the future

The following are a few introductory comments on the author and the book:

Anatole France (1844- 1924) wrote his novel "Les Dieux ont Soif" in 1912. It is a masterpiece by virtue of the skill with which the writer intertwines his account of the lives of his characters with the historical events of the period of terror during the French revolution.
The story covers the period from April 1793 until August 1794 and the young man, Evariste Gamelin, who is one of the central characters of the book is a follower of and a reflection of Maximilien de Robespierre who was the dominant political figure during these months when it seemed that the Gods had an endless thirst for human blood.

The picture shows the members of the Girondist party on the way to execution.


Anatole France – Les Dieux ont Soif – Summary and Historical Background

Balzac – Le Père Goriot - Summary and Topics

Bazin (Hervé)  Vipère au poing -  Summary and background

Brassens – 80 songs with translations

Camus – L’étranger - Summary and Topics

Camus – La Chute - Summary and Topics

Duhamel- Le Notaire du Havre - Summary and Topics

Voltaire – Candide - Summary and Topics

Pagnol -Le Château de ma mère Summary - Background -Pagnol's biography