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War and Turpentine

(2016)
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Awards
Man Booker International Prize Best Book (nominee)
An international best seller: a vivid, masterly novel about a Flemish man who 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. He vividly 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; 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 story, Urbain's 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.



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January 1900 : USA Hardback
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Title: War and Turpentine: A novel
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June 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: War and Turpentine
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Title: War and Turpentine: A Novel
Author(s): Stefan Hertmans, David Mckay
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Author(s): Stefan Hertmans, David Mckay
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Author(s): Stefan Hertmans
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