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A Very Long Engagement

 
 
Author
Sébastien Japrisot. Linda Coverdale, trans.
Publisher Vintage  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7 x 4.3 x 0.8 inches
ISBN 9780099593997
Pages/Publication Date 313/2014
Daedalus Item Code 53836
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(Winner of the 1991 Prix Interallie) Also the author of The 10:30 from Marseille, A Trap for Cinderella, and The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun, French author, screenwriter, and film director Sébastien Japrisot was deemed "the Grahame Greene of France" by London's Independent and many other publications. In this suspenseful novel—the inspiration for the 2004 Academy Award–nominated film of the same name—five French soldiers fighting in World War I are accused of wounding themselves to evade duty and condemned to be sent into no-man's land and certain death. Yet after the war the fiancée of one of the men receives a letter hinting that the official record is a lie. Japrisot transforms a single small incident into the epitome of all wartime atrocities, and the denouement, when it finally happens, is moving and horribly convincing.

"A fierce, elliptical novel that's both a gripping philosophical thriller and a highly moving meditation on the emotional consequences of war."—NYTimes

 
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