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Ecoutez nos défaites

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Ecoutez nos défaites

Laurent Gaudé’s lyrical and powerful style strikes again. By ambitiously reviving some of the greatest battles in human history, he not only explores the psychological depths of the great military strategists, but also examines the complexity of what forged us all—and of what remains when victory and defeat have lost all meaning.
Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia and King of Kings, flees his country; Hannibal faces the entire Roman Empire; General Grant and General Lee sends brother against brother during the Civil War… These scenes from the past echo in the minds of Assel Gaieb (a French secret agent who suffers from the demons of his profession) and Miriam (an Iraqi archeologist who witnesses the destruction of relics) as they search for each other in a region that bears the memory of centuries of battles that formed the very world we live in.
Laurent Gaudé summons both history and fiction to deliver an epic fresco that questions the making of history itself. And as the centuries and places merge into a tangle of wars – individual and collective – one story emerges. What do victory and defeat mean? Is there victory in defeat? Loss in victory? And most of all, what happens when the battle is over?
Laurent Gaudé insists: “Don’t let the world steal the words from you.” He didn’t.

Ecoutez nos défaites, a novel by Laurent Gaudé (Actes Sud)

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Écoutez nos défaites
By Laurent Gaude
Pages: 288 Pages
Publisher: ACTES SUD
Format: Book
Language: French
Dimensions: 217 mm x 286 mm x 21 mm
Publication Date:
17 Août 2016
ISBN-10 : 233006649X
Un agent des services de renseignements français gagné par une grande lassitude est chargé de retrouver à Beyrouth un ancien membre des commandos d'élite américains soupçonné de divers trafics.... Read more
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