Ashes, Ashes (French: Ravage) is a science fiction novel written by René Barjavel, set in 2052 France. It was first published in 1943 by Denoël. Ravage has been included on many "all-time" best lists, including Annick Beguin's Les 100 principaux titres de la science-fiction.
Ashes, Ashes Wikipedia
In the storyline, a civilization much more advanced than ours falls to its knees when electricity suddenly disappears. Chaos, disease, and famine ensue, which readers witness through the adventures of a small group of survivors led by François Deschamps. The group leaves Paris and starts a journey toward Provence where the survivors will create a new patriarchal society with Deschamps as their leader.
This novel has been cited as influential in science-fiction literature in the following books:Annick Beguin, Les 100 principaux titres de la science-fiction, Cosmos 2000, 1981;
Jacques Sadoul, Anthologie de la littérature de science-fiction, Ramsay, 1981;
Science-fiction. La bibliothèque idéale, Albin Michel, 1988;
Lorris Murail, Les Maîtres de la science-fiction, Bordas, coll. « Compacts », 1993;
Stan Barets, Le science-fictionnaire, Denoël, coll. « Présence du futur », 1994;