(From the publisher):
At the core of this novel is the true fifteenth-century tragedy of, first, plague and hunger and, later, the brutal persecution of Jews and witches in the small French town of Arras. A Mass for Arras explores the personal and political consequences of fear, fanaticism, and facism in the story of Jan, a young member of the intelligentsia. Arrogantly pious and full of revolutionary zeal, Jan wholeheartedly participates in the torments inflicted on the "outsiders." But ultimately, faced with escalating violence, he must choose between sincere commitment to the isolated village that adopted him and horror at a society gone mad.
Original title: Msza za miasto Arras
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ European→ Medieval