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By Julien Gracq,Richard Howard

it's the fall of 1939, and Lieutenant Grange and his males reside in a chalet above a concrete bunker deep within the Ardennes wooded area, charged with protecting the French-Belgian border opposed to the Germans in a warfare that turns out unreal, distant, and not going. way more instant is the earthy lifetime of the woodland itself and the deep sensations of formative years it recollects from Grange’s reminiscence. Ostensibly readying for war, Grange as an alternative spends his time watching the switch in seasons, falling in love with a tender free-spirited widow named Mona, and considering the absurd stasis of his current . This novel of lengthy takes, dream states, and little dramatic motion culminates all of sudden in conflict, an occasion that's as a lot the real incursion of the German military into France because it is the surprising intrusion of death into the suspended disbelief of existence. Richard Howard’s expert translation captures the fairy-tale delicacy and existential dread of this strange, elusive novel (first published in 1959) by means of the splendid prose stylist Julian Gracq.

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