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The Resource War and turpentine : a novel, Stefan Hertmans ; translated by David McKay

War and turpentine : a novel, Stefan Hertmans ; translated by David McKay

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War and turpentine : a novel
Title
War and turpentine
Title remainder
a novel
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Stefan Hertmans ; translated by David McKay
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  • eng
  • dut
  • eng
Summary
  • "An international best seller: a vivid, masterly novel about a Flemish man who reconstructs his grandfather's story--his hopes, loves, and art, all disrupted by the First World War--from the unflinching notebooks he filled with pieces of his life. 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. His grandson, a writer, retells his story, the notebooks giving him the impetus to imagine his way into the locked chambers of Urbain's memory. He vividly 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; 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 story, Urbain's 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.)"--
  • "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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"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 mendistanced 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 twonotebooks 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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Award
New York Times Notable Book, 2016
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http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10518928
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DLC
Dewey number
839.313/64
Index
no index present
Language note
Translated from the Dutch
Literary form
fiction
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True
Target audience
adult
Label
War and turpentine : a novel, Stefan Hertmans ; translated by David McKay
Link
http://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=257&titleID=2585002
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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,
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online resource
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cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
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text
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txt
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rdacontent.
Control code
ocn933560458
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781101874035
Lccn
2015051008
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computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
c
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remote
Stock number
0A6D7FFE-39C4-4C60-891F-1EB06D66FD46
System control number
(OCoLC)933560458
Label
War and turpentine : a novel, Stefan Hertmans ; translated by David McKay
Link
http://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=257&titleID=2585002
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
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
ocn933560458
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781101874035
Lccn
2015051008
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
c
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
0A6D7FFE-39C4-4C60-891F-1EB06D66FD46
System control number
(OCoLC)933560458

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