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War and Turpentine: A novel Cover Image
By Stefan Hertmans, David McKay (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781101874028
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Published: Pantheon - August 9th, 2016

Stefan Hertmans’s eloquent novel, WAR & TURPENTINE, speaks to the longing to understand the emotional life of someone who is dead. Hertmans takes the memoir of this grandfather, a WWI soldier and portrait painter and rediscovers it in his own way by visiting the places that his grandfather visited and the original masterpieces that he reproduced in his paintings. Although duty to family and country set the course for his grandfather’s life, painting and his enduring love for his wife’s sister gave it sustenance. WAR & TURPENTINE is a sensitive and moving hymn to an ordinary man that expresses the bittersweet regret of coming to fully appreciate the depths of another, but reaching that point only after it’s too late.