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War and Turpentine
Hardcover - English

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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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ADDITIONAL INFO

ISBN
1101874023
EAN
9781101874028
Publisher
Publication Date
09/08/2016
Pages
304
Dimension
23.62cm x 14.48cm x 3.30cm
Age Group
NA to NA
Grades
Not Applicable to Not Applicable
Lexile Level
0
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About Author

Hertmans, Stefan
Hertmans is a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, Ghent, Belgium. He has published novels, short stories, plays, collections of poetry, and essays on literature and philosophy.

McKay, David
Certified Dutch-English translator, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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