PUBLISHERS OF LITERARY FICTION SINCE 1983
'When I set out to read this book, I thought it would just be a fairly straightforward account of that awful day. However, Magnane shows himself to be a skilled writer, giving us an almost Gionoesque portrayal of an ordinary French village with ordinary people in it. Some are good, some less so. They fall in love, have children, work fairly hard, drink, argue, mock, chat with their neighbours . They misbehave – drink, children out of wedlock, a bit of minor violence. They had been fortunate, as much of the worst of the war had passed them by. The few survivors, both those who arrived later and the very few who were there, are naturally devastated and Magnane skilfully shows how difficult it is to put you life together after going through what they did.'
No. of pages: 320
Publication date: 19.08.2022
Re-print date: 19.08.2022
978 1 912868 83 4