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By Hertmans, Stefan; Translated by McKay, David
Shortly before his death in 1981, Stefan Hertmans' grandfather gave him a couple of filled exercise books. Stories he'd heard as a child had led Hertmans to suspect that their contents might be disturbing, and for years he didn't dare to open them.
When he finally did, he disc ...
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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,
Shortly before his death, the author's grandfather Urbain Martien gave his grandson a set of notebooks containing the detailed memories of his life. This is the imaginative reconstruction of a damaged life across the tumultuous decades of the twentieth century; a deeply moving po ...
ANew York TimesTop 10 Best Book of the Year AnEconomistBest 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 grandfa ...
By Hertmans, Stefan; Translated by Vincent, Paul
In this title, the author thinks about what constitutes identity in present-day Europe. Looking at people and cities from the periphery, he tries to discover an archaeology of streets and faces which could bring him closer to himself.
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