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The Resource The great swindle, Pierre Lemaitre ; translated from the French by Frank Wynne

The great swindle, Pierre Lemaitre ; translated from the French by Frank Wynne

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The great swindle
Title
The great swindle
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Pierre Lemaitre ; translated from the French by Frank Wynne
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  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
Summary
"The year is 1918, the war on the Western Front all but over. An ambitious officer, Lieutenant Henry D'Aulnay-Pradelle, sends two soldiers over the top and then surreptitiously shoots them in the back to incite his men to attack the German lines. When another of D'Aulnay-Pradelle's soldiers, Albert Maillard, reaches the bodies and discovers how they died, the lieutenant shoves him into a shell hole to silence him. Albert is rescued by fellow soldier, the artist Edouard Péricourt, who takes a bullet in the face. The war ends and both men recover, but Edouard is permanently disfigured, and fakes his death to prevent his family from seeing him as a cripple. In gratitude for Edouard's rescue, Albert becomes the injured man's companion and caregiver. Finding that the post-war gratitude for the soldiers' service is nothing more than lip-service to an empty idea, the two men scramble to survive, ultimately devising a scam to take money for never-to-be-built war memorials from small towns. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Pradelle has married Edouard's sister Madeline and is running a scam of his own that involves the exhumation of war victims. In this sorrowful, heart-searching novel, the interwoven lives of these three men create a tapestry of the human condition as seen through the lens of war, revealing brutality and compassion, heroism and cowardice, in equal measure."--provided by publisher
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Summary
The year is 1918, the war on the Western Front all but over. An ambitious officer, Lieutenant Henry D'Aulnay-Pradelle, sends two soldiers over the top and then surreptitiously shoots them in the back to incite his men to attack the German lines. When another of D'Aulnay-Pradelle's soldiers, Albert Maillard, reaches the bodies and discovers how they died, the lieutenant shoves him into a shell hole to silence him. Albert is rescued by fellow soldier, the artist Edouard Pericourt, who takes a bullet in the face. The war ends and both men recover, but Edouard is permanently disfigured, and fakes his death to prevent his family from seeing him as a cripple. In gratitude for Edouard's rescue, Albert becomes the injured man's companion and caregiver. Finding that the postwar gratitude for the soldiers' service is nothing more than lip-service to an empty idea, the two men scramble to survive, ultimately devising a scam to take money for never-to-be-built war memorials from small towns. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Pradelle has married Edouard's sister Madeline and is running a scam of his own that involves the exhumation of war victims.
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Award
Duncan Lawrie International Dagger, 2016
Awards note
Winner of the Prix Goncourt in 2013.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10446428
Cataloging source
BT
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1951-
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Lemaître, Pierre
Dewey number
813
Index
no index present
Language note
In English, translated from the French
Literary form
novels
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Wynne, Frank
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True
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  • World War, 1914-1918
  • Veterans
  • Swindlers and swindling
  • France
Target audience
general
Label
The great swindle, Pierre Lemaitre ; translated from the French by Frank Wynne
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Note
First published in French as Au revoir là-haut by Editions Albin Michel, Paris, in 2013
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 441-442)
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000056118806
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
442 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780857053251
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
The great swindle, Pierre Lemaitre ; translated from the French by Frank Wynne
Publication
Copyright
Note
First published in French as Au revoir là-haut by Editions Albin Michel, Paris, in 2013
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 441-442)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000056118806
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
442 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780857053251
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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