Octave Mirbeau (16 February 1848 – 16 February 1917) was a French art critic, pamphleteer, novelist, and playwright. Europe wide popularity and great success among the public he achieved while working in the field of literary and artistic avant-garde. His work has been translated into over two dozens of languages. His own literary debut he made with Le Calvaire (Calvary, 1886), by which he was able to overcome the traumatic liaison with the ill-reputed Judith Vinmer, renamed Juliette Roux in the novel.
Le Calvaire (Calvary) is a largely biographic novel written by Octave Mirbeau. The narrative revolves around Jean Minite, an antihero aimed and able to become a proficient writer. But he has a serious issue that prevents him from that – devastating sexual obsessions. Eventually, Jean meets a woman who made him fall victim of his own disease, and the only way for him to cure his spirit is to turn the fire of his desires to an impulse to create. Will Jean be victorious in this battle of love? Read and find out!