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Longlisted for the International Man Booker PrizeA New York Times Top 10 Best Book of the YearAn Economist Best Book of the YearLonglisted for the Best Translated Book AwardThe story of Urbain Martien lies contained in two notebooks he left behind when he died. 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. But who is he, really? There is Urbain the child of a lowly church painter; Urbain the young man, who narrowly escapes death in an iron foundry; Urbain the soldier; and Urbain the man, married to his true love's sister, haunted by the war and his interrupted dreams of life as an artist. 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 a man, revealing how a single life can echo through the ages.
Number of Pages: 290
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Publisher: Random House Inc
Author: Stefan Hertmans
Street Date: July 25, 2017
Item Number (DPCI): 248-42-5131