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The French Art of War

Alexis Jenni Frank Wynne

RRP: £10.99

2 November 2017

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9780857897541

RRP: £7.99

27 April 2017

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9780857897558

1991. A young man is mesmerised by the rolling coverage of Desert Storm. Forging sick notes to avoid work and feigning reasons to avoid his girlfriend, he gradually destroys his whole life. Then he meets Victorien Salagnon, an elderly artist and a veteran of countless wars. Together, they strike a bargain: Salagnon will teach the young man to paint and, in return, he wants his memoirs written down, a ranging, bloody life story of being a teenage résistant in Nazi-occupied France; of hunting rebels in Indochina and engaging in torture in Algeria; of the deaths that were as numberless as they were senseless; of the killing fields on which the modern world is built.

REVIEWS

Bold, brave, magnificent.
Irish Times

Shock-and-awe virtuosity
Financial Times

A masterpiece.Frédéric Beigbeder
Le Figaro

Difficult to put down and impossible to forget
Irish Times