War and Turpentine

A novel
Product Number: EB00628310
Released: Aug 09, 2016
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781101874035
Publisher: Vintage
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Longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2017 A New York Times Top 10 Best Book of the Year An Economist Best Book of the Year The life of Urbain Martien—artist, soldier, survivor of World War I—lies contained in two notebooks he left behind when he died in 1981. In War and Turpentine, his grandson, a writer, retells his grandfather's story, the notebooks providing a key to the locked chambers of Urbain's memory. With vivid detail, the grandson recounts a whole life: Urbain as the child of a lowly church painter, retouching his father's work;dodging death in a foundry; fighting in the war that altered the course of history; marrying the sister of the woman he truly loved; being haunted by an ever-present reminder of the artist he had hoped to be and the soldier he was forced to become. Wrestling with this tale, the grandson straddles past and present, searching for a way to understand his own part in both. As artfully rendered as a Renaissance fresco, War and Turpentine paints an extraordinary portrait of one man's life and reveals how that life echoed down through the generations. (With black-and-white illustrations throughout)

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Author(s): Stefan Hertmans
Awards:2017-Fiction-Longlist-Man Booker Prize International
Original Publish Date: Aug 09, 2016

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Author(s): Stefan Hertmans
Narrator(s): Nicholas Guy Smith
Product Number Z100113963
Released: Aug 09, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Books on Tape
ISBN: #9780735209220

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