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The Resource War and Turpentine, Stefan Hertmans; Translated by David McKay

War and Turpentine, Stefan Hertmans; Translated by David McKay

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War and Turpentine
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War and Turpentine
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Stefan Hertmans; Translated by David McKay
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  • eng
  • dut
  • eng
Summary
  • Shows a loving reconstruction of a man's interior life, at once deeply personal and more. In this book, the author reveals how our experiences shape us all, and how, even in a life of sorrow and heartache, dignity can be found.
  • "War and Turpentine is the astonishing result of Hertmans' reckoning with his grandfather's diaries. It is a book that lies at the crossroads of novel, biography, autobiography and history... It seems aching to be called 'Sebaldian', and earns the epithet glowingly... In McKay's lyrical translation, every detail has the heightened luminosity of poetry... War and Turpentine has all the marking of a future classic." -- Neel Mukherjee Guardian "Masterpiece, an accolade often casually bestowed, really does describe this magnificent book... A haunting blend of fact and fiction... Page after page holds you rapt with admiration for both Hertmans' writing and his hero." -- Peter Kemp Sunday Times, Book of the Year "Hertmans writes with an eloquence reminiscent of W.G. Sebald... a masterly book about memory, art, love and war." New York Times 10 Best Books of 2016 "A lovingly reimagined life of an ordinary man whose life was for ever marked by the First World War. Fine prose." The Economist, Book of the Year "Wonderful, full of astonishingly vivid moments of powerful imagery... Hertmans's book is something else again: it has a quietly resonant personal epic quality that dwarfs all around it." -- David Mills Sunday Times "A rich, fictional memoir... Death, destruction, obligation, duty - Urbain faces them all and yet he still finds joy in life." -- Fiona Wilson The Times "Skilful and lyrical reconstruction of a life transformed by war, love and art... It is not often a book succeeds on many levels, but War and Turpentine manages to be a mesmerising portrait of an artist as a young man, a significant contribution to First World War literature and a brilliant evocation of a vanished world." -- Malcolm Forbes Herald "Hertmans follows in his grandfather's footsteps in this brilliant and moving imagined reconstruction, his imagination beautifully filling the gaps as he describes "the battle between the transcendent, which he yearned for, and the memory of death and destruction, which held him in its clutches." -- Eithne Farry Daily Express "A masterly treatise on the interconnections of life, art, memory, and heartbreaking love...Hertmans's prose, with a deft translation from McKay, works with the same full palette as Urbain Martien's paintings: vivid, passionate-and in the end, life-affirming." Publishers Weekly "War and Turpentine is an exquisite, loving reconstruction of a man's interior life, at once deeply personal and yet so evocative of many of his generation, affected by the long shadow of war. In beautiful, glimmering prose, Hertmans shows us how our experiences shape us all, and how, even in a life of sorrow and heartache, dignity can be found." Dovegreyreader
Biographical or historical data
Stefan Hertmans is the prizewinning author of many literary works, including poetry, novels, essays, plays, short stories and a handbook on the history of art. He has taught at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent, at the Sorbonne, the Universities of Vienna, Berlin and Mexico City, at The Library of Congress in Washington, and University College London.
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Hertmans, Stefan
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AF
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McKay, David
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  • Fiction in Translation
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This book is 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 at the age of 90, Stefan Hertmans' grandfather Urbain gave his grandson a set of notebooks. As Stefan began to read, he found himself drawn into a conversation across the centuries, as Urbain - so quiet and reserved in life - revealed his eloquence and his private passions on the page. Gradually, as he learned of his grandfather's heroics in the First World War, the loss of his great love, and his later years spent seeking solace in art and painting, a portrait emerged of the grandfather he had never fully known. War and Turpentine is an exquisite, loving reconstruction of a man's interior life, at once deeply personal and yet so evocative of many of his generation, affected by the long shadow of war. In beautiful, glimmering prose, Hertmans shows us how our experiences shape us all, and how, even in a life of sorrow and heartache, dignity can be found
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general
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War and Turpentine, Stefan Hertmans; Translated by David McKay
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Paperback. Trade paperback (UK)
Control code
9781846558825
Dimensions
23x16x2 cm.
Extent
304 p.
Isbn
9781846558825
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(pbk.)
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regular print
Label
War and Turpentine, Stefan Hertmans; Translated by David McKay
Publication
Note
Paperback. Trade paperback (UK)
Control code
9781846558825
Dimensions
23x16x2 cm.
Extent
304 p.
Isbn
9781846558825
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Specific material designation
regular print

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