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War and Turpentine

(2016)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Man Booker International Prize Best Book (nominee)
WINNER OF THE VONDEL PRIZE 2017

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2017 MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE

Selected as a Book of the Year 2016 in The Times, Sunday Times and The Economist, and one of the 10 Best Books of 2016 in the New York Times

Shortly before his death, Stefan Hertmans' grandfather Urbain Martien gave his grandson a set of notebooks containing the detailed memories of his life. He grew up in poverty around 1900, the son of a struggling church painter who died young, and went to work in an iron foundry at only 13. Afternoons spent with his father at work on a church fresco were Urbain's heaven; the iron foundry an inferno.

During the First World War, Urbain was on the front line confronting the invading Germans, and ever after he is haunted by events he can never forget. The war ends and he marries his great love, Maria Emelia, but she dies tragically in the 1919 flu epidemic. Urbain mourns her bitterly for the rest of his life but, like the obedient soldier he is, he marries her sister at her parents' bidding. The rest is not quite silence, but a marriage with a sad secret at its heart, and the consolations found in art and painting. War and Turpentine is the imaginative reconstruction of a damaged life across the tumultuous decades of the twentieth century; a deeply moving portrayal of family, grief, love and war.

    

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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
Author(s): Stefan Hertmans
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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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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