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We Monks and Soldiers

A collection of stories by

From one of the most original French writers of our day comes a mysterious, prismatic, and at times profoundly sad reflection on humanity in its darker moments - one of which may very well be our own. In a collection of fictions that blur distinctions between dreaming and waking reality, Lutz Bassmann sets off a series of echoes - the "entrevoutes" that conduct us from one world to another in a journey as viscerally powerful as it is intellectually heady.

While humanity seems to be fading around them, the members of a shadowy organization are doing their inadequate best to assist those experiencing their last moments. From a soldier-monk exorcising what seem to be spirits (but are they?) from an abandoned house, to a spy executing a mission whose meaning eludes him, to characters exploring cells, wandering through ruins, confronting political dissent and persecution, encountering - perhaps - the spirits once exorcised, these stories conduct us through a world at once ambiguous and sharply observed. This remarkable work, in Jordan Stump's superb translation, offers readers a thrilling entry into Bassmann's numinous world.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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September 2012 : USA Paperback

Title: We Monks and Soldiers
Author(s): Lutz Bassmann, Antoine Volodine
ISBN: 0-8032-3991-2 / 978-0-8032-3991-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
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