Hear Our Defeats by Laurent GaudeHear Our Defeats by Laurent Gaude

Hear Our Defeats

byLaurent GaudeTranslated byAlison Anderson

Paperback | February 1, 2019

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From the winner of the Prix GoncourtTimely and provocative, Hear Our Defeats is a novel about the battles that define us. The battles lost, won, and those still being fought.A French intelligence officer, Assem, is tasked with tracking down a former member of the U.S. Special Forces suspected of drug trafficking during the War in Afghanistan. En route to Beirut he shares a night with Miriam, an Iraqi archaeologist, who is in a race against time to save ancient artifacts across the Middle East from the destruction wreaked by ISIS.Woven into these two forceful, gripping storylines are stylish meditations on humankind's bellicose history: Hannibal's failed march on Rome and the burning of his fleet on the waters of the Mediterranean; Grant's pursuit of the Confederates into rural Virginia; Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox Courthouse; and Emperor Haile Selassie's swift retreat from Ethiopia. All turning points in world history, each showing a different facet of how nations and individualsface defeat.Gaude writes with a riveting immediacy, seamlessly taking the reader across the battlefields of our past to reflect upon the implications of conflicts being waged today.
Laurent Gaude is a French novelist and playwright. After being nominated for the 2002 Prix Concourt with The Death of King Tsongor, he won the award in 2004 for his novel The Sun of the Scorta . Alison Anderson's translations for Europa Editions include novels by Selim Nassib, Amelie Nothomb, and Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt. She is the t...
Title:Hear Our DefeatsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.25 × 5.25 × 0.68 inPublished:February 1, 2019Publisher:Europa EditionsLanguage:English

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Praise for Hear Our Defeats Hear Our Defeats is a grand poem, a crazy and wise book. Crazy because the reader gets carried away by all the voices and some unknown magic, if not by Gaude's restrained lyricism." - Le Figaro Litteraire "Laurent Gaude knows how to write with composure. His book, in which the very pulse of the world can be felt, reminds us of our duty not to despise our own fatigue. If for nothing more than this, its melancholic way of showing us what dominates us, it is of interest to the historian of power. Because literature, whether reserved or passionate, only becomes historic in order to bring us the news of our own history in the making." - Le Monde des Livres "Urgent, epic, this philosophical novel encourages both lucidity and humility, to try to save what beauty is left in the world." - Les Echos "In its humanistic breath and scope, as well as its literary challenge/audaciousness, Hear Our Defeats by Laurent Gaude is a great book. An Iliad for our times, which tends to contemplate history from the losers' side." - L'Echo de Bruxelles "