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The Resource War and turpentine, Stefan Hertmans ; translated from the Dutch by David McKay

War and turpentine, Stefan Hertmans ; translated from the Dutch by David McKay

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War and turpentine
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War and turpentine
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Stefan Hertmans ; translated from the Dutch by David McKay
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  • eng
  • dut
  • eng
Summary
"In this vivid and masterful novel, a Flemish man reconstructs his grandfather's story--his life, loves, and art, all disrupted by the first World War--from the unflinching notebooks he left behind. Short Description War and Turpentine centers on two men distanced by time: a religious painter whose life is changed forever by World War One; and his grandson, a writer reckoning with his grandfather's story. The life of Urbain Martien--artist, soldier, survivor of the incomprehensible--lies contained in two notebooks written before his death in 1981. His grandson, a writer, imagines his way into the locked chambers of Urbain's memory: retouching church paintings as a boy, dodging death in an iron foundry, and, ultimately, fighting the war that altered the course of human history. There is Urbain's father, the lowly church painter; Urbain's wife, Gabrielle, his true love's sister; and Urbain's canvas, the ever-present reminder of the artist he wanted to be and the soldier he was forced to become. Wrestling with this story, the narrator straddles past and present, searching for a place in both. As artfully rendered as a Renaissance fresco, War and Turpentine paints the extraordinary story of one man's life and the echo of its impact resounding through the generations. Translated from the Dutch by David McKay"--
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Hertmans, Stefan
Dewey number
839.313/64
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illustrations
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no index present
Literary form
fiction
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1973-
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McKay, David
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  • Grandfathers
  • Grandsons
  • Life change events
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • FICTION / Family Life
  • FICTION / Historical
  • FICTION / Literary
Label
War and turpentine, Stefan Hertmans ; translated from the Dutch by David McKay
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Previously published in Dutch as Oorlog en terpentijn (Amsterdam : De Bezige Bij, 2013); English translation originally published by Harvill Secker in 2016, in London
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
Control code
2015041100
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
290 pages
Isbn
9781101874028
Lccn
2015041100
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
War and turpentine, Stefan Hertmans ; translated from the Dutch by David McKay
Publication
Note
Previously published in Dutch as Oorlog en terpentijn (Amsterdam : De Bezige Bij, 2013); English translation originally published by Harvill Secker in 2016, in London
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
2015041100
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
290 pages
Isbn
9781101874028
Lccn
2015041100
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations

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