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War and Turpentine

(2016)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Man Booker International Prize Best Book (nominee)
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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January 1900 : USA Hardback
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Title: War and Turpentine: A novel
Author(s): Stefan Hertmans
ISBN: 1-101-87402-3 / 978-1-101-87402-8 (USA edition)
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July 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: War and Turpentine: A Novel
Author(s): Stefan Hertmans
ISBN: 1-101-87211-X / 978-1-101-87211-6 (USA edition)
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May 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: War and Turpentine
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ISBN: 0-09-959804-3 / 978-0-09-959804-6 (UK edition)
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June 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: War and Turpentine
Author(s): Stefan Hertmans
ISBN: 1-84655-882-4 / 978-1-84655-882-5 (UK edition)
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August 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: War and Turpentine: A Novel
Author(s): Stefan Hertmans, David Mckay
Publisher: Random House Audio
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August 2016 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: War and Turpentine: A Novel
Author(s): Stefan Hertmans, David Mckay
Publisher: Random House Audio
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August 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: War and Turpentine: A novel
Author(s): Stefan Hertmans
Publisher: Vintage
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June 2016 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: War and Turpentine
Author(s): Stefan Hertmans
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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