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'A future classic' - Neel Mukherjee, Guardian
'A masterly book about memory, art, love and war' - New York Times
Shortly before his death at the age of 90, Stefan Hertmans' grandfather gave him a set of notebooks.
As Stefan began to read about Urbain - so quiet and reserved in life - he learned of his grandfather's heroics in the First World War, the loss of his great love, and his later years spent seeking solace in art and painting. Gradually, a portrait emerged of the grandfather he had never fully known.
War and Turpentine lovingly reconstructs a man's interior life, at once so deeply personal and yet so evocative of many of his generation, affected by the long shadow of war.
'Masterpiece, an accolade often casually bestowed, really does describe this magnificent book' - Sunday Times
'A mesmerising portrait of an artist as a young man, a significant contribution to First World War literature and a brilliant evocation of a vanished world' - Herald
'A rich fictional memoir... Death, destruction, obligation, duty - Urbain faces them all and yet he still finds joy in life' - The Times
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