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Anatole Frances novel The Gods are Athirst
(Les Dieux ont soif, 1912) tells the story of the painter Evariste Gamelin,
who developed into a fanatical Jacobin during the French Revolution at
the beginning of the 90s in the 18th century. Filled with a sense
of fairness and justice as a young man, he soon became a bloodthirsty
judge, sending hundreds of people, including many innocent ones and even
close friends, to the guillotine, until he himself became a victim of
the historical developments.
Anatole France became known after the publication of Le crime de Sylvestre Bonnard (1881) where he looked back at the 18th century as a golden age.