The new witch hunt


Are you going to the chalet and don’t know which book to read by the pool or lake?

I recommend one, essential, which will allow you to better understand the crazy times we live in: The seer of Etampesby Abel Quentin.


Winner of the Prix de Flore 2021 (a prize conceived by the writer Frédéric Beigbeder to reward daring young authors), this novel tells the descent into hell of Jean Roscoff, a history professor who has just published the biography of a misunderstood black poet.

Because he is white, and in his biography he did not emphasize the race of the poet in question, preferring to speak of his style (which, for race-obsessed anti-racists, constitutes a crime of treason), this intellectual is targeted by a pack. of militants woke up that ruin his reputation and poison his life.

Abandoned by his friends and colleagues, who would rather save themselves than defend him, and branded a racist on social media, the man is sinking into the quicksand of political correctness.

We leave this book with a lump in our throat.

Victim of a hellish mechanism against which he can do nothing, Jean Roscoff, the hero of the book, is crushed, destroyed, torn to pieces by a band of small fachos who mistake each other for the defenders of the oppressed, but who, in reality ,, are real rascals.

A full accusation against the militants woke up that transform our universities into reeducation camps.


For author Abel Quentin (who, with his cynical humor and melancholy despair, recalls Michel Houellebecq), the woke up they are not political activists.

They are religious extremists, blinded by their faith.

Leading a crusade against the unbelievers.

“This is what scared Jean: the strength of an unshakable conviction. This conviction was fueled by the narrowest sectarianism and by a morbid fascination for the figure of the Victim (a figure who did not recognize any counterpower, since the New Powers had raised emotion to the rank of supreme value, and suffering as a universal yardstick). .. ”

For Quentin, these warriors who are ready to do anything to crush their enemies are actually hypersensitive and whining bunnies.

“Never getting hurt had become the obsession of our times with the little whiny and sickly things, eager to assume their emotional security, never, NEVER having to be confronted with a word that might offend their sensitivity. “


In his room The Witches of Salemwhich he wrote in 1953, the American playwright Arthur Miller recounts how Puritan pastors in 1692 accused women of practicing witchcraft without evidence.

The seer of Etampes it is the modern version of Miller’s work.

It is the same witch hunt, the same Puritanism, the same messianic sectarianism that transforms every “non-believer” into a guilty one, a guilty one who must be punished, immolated, sacrificed on the altar of intellectual purity.

“It is the spirit of absolute seriousness, against which nothing can be done”, writes Abel Quentin. What can be done against people of religious faith? “

A thrilling novel.


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