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War and Turpentine - A novel

Stefan Hertmans

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 grandfather's story, the notebooks providing a key to the locked chambers of Urbain's memory. With vivid detail, the grandson recounts a whole life: Urbain as the child of a lowly church painter, retouching his father's work;dodging death in a foundry; fighting in the war that altered the course of history; marrying the sister of the woman he truly loved; being haunted by an ever-present reminder of the artist he had hoped to be and the soldier he was forced to become. Wrestling with this tale, the grandson straddles past and present, searching for a way to understand his own part in both. As artfully rendered as a Renaissance fresco, War and Turpentine paints an extraordinary portrait of one man's life and reveals how that life echoed down through the generations. (With black-and-white illustrations throughout) From the Hardcover edition.

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 grandfather's story, the notebooks providing a key to the locked chambers of Urbain's memory. With vivid detail, the grandson recounts a whole life: Urbain as the child of a lowly church painter, retouching his father's work;dodging death in a foundry; fighting in the war that altered the course of history; marrying the sister of the woman he truly loved; being haunted by an ever-present reminder of the artist he had hoped to be and the soldier he was forced to become. Wrestling with this tale, the grandson straddles past and present, searching for a way to understand his own part in both. As artfully rendered as a Renaissance fresco, War and Turpentine paints an extraordinary portrait of one man's life and reveals how that life echoed down through the generations. (With black-and-white illustrations throughout) From the Hardcover edition.
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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 grandfather's story, the notebooks providing a key to the locked chambers of Urbain's memory. With vivid detail, the grandson recounts a whole life: Urbain as the child of a lowly church painter, retouching his father's work;dodging death in a foundry; fighting in the war that altered the course of history; marrying the sister of the woman he truly loved; being haunted by an ever-present reminder of the artist he had hoped to be and the soldier he was forced to become. Wrestling with this tale, the grandson straddles past and present, searching for a way to understand his own part in both. As artfully rendered as a Renaissance fresco, War and Turpentine paints an extraordinary portrait of one man's life and reveals how that life echoed down through the generations. (With black-and-white illustrations throughout) From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Nicholas Guy Smith

Length:

11h 55m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:20


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:16


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:27


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:34


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:47


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:49


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

09:26


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:57


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:29


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:08


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:18


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:43


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:58


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

09:15


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:47


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:11


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

09:23


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:18


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

09:29


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:53


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:52


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:48


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

09:25


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:40


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:54


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:27


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:15


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:26


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

09:35


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

02:53


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:31


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:11


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:21


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:12


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:30


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:22


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

09:06


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:16


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:20


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:53


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:29


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:28


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

02:43


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

09:01


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:32


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:20


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

09:22


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:38


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:21


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:03


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:44


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:54


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:26


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:51


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:23


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

10:11


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:04


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:22


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:04


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:27


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:30


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:01


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:50


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:21


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

02:27


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:19


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:33


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:15


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:49


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:38


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:52


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:57


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:14


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:17


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

09:44


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:18


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:44


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:44


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:20


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:49


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:43


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:24


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

09:03


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

08:33


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:10


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:01


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:44


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:31


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

08:06


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:32


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:48


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:55


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

08:55


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:47


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

09:15


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

10:38


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:59


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:06


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

00:33