War and Turpentine

War and Turpentine

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A Flemish man reconstructs his grandfather's story--his hopes, loves, and art, all disrupted by the First World War--from the unflinching notebooks he filled with pieces of his life. 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. His grandson, a writer, retells his story, the notebooks giving him the impetus to imagine his way into the locked chambers of Urbain's memory. Wrestling with this story, Urbain's grandson straddles past and present, searching for a way to understand his own part in both.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, [2016]
Edition: First American Edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781101874028
1101874023
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 290 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: War & turpentine

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"In this autobiographical novel, Flemish essayist, novelist, poet, and playwright Hertmans draws on his extensive fine arts background in a stirring remembrance of his grandfather Urbain Martien-World War I hero and devoted painter-to create a masterly treatise on the interconnections of lif... Read More »

"In this autobiographical novel, Flemish essayist, novelist, poet, and playwright Hertmans draws on his extensive fine arts background in a stirring remembrance of his grandfather Urbain Martien-World War I hero and devoted painter-to create a masterly treatise on the interconnections of lif... Read More »


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