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- DescriptionBased on personal experience, survivor testimony, and documentary research, Invasion 14 portrays the German occupation of rthern France during World War I. Regarded by critics as Maxence Van der Meersch's finest work, the vel is set in Lille, Roubaix, and nearby villages along the Belgian border, with the front lines just miles away and the shelling routinely audible. An antiwar vel that goes beyond the trenches, this book is t about combat but its consequences, providing remarkable insights on the plight of French civilians and German soldiers as each group struggles to survive. A gripping epic that weaves together a vast range of characters, Invasion 14 provides a sweeping account of life under German rule and explores collaboration, resistance, and the grey areas between these stark choices, foreshadowing dilemmas the entire French nation would later face during World War II. Though originally published to great rewn in 1935 - and considerable regional controversy - Invasion 14 was neglected after World War II, when national discourse focused predominantly on heroes of anti-Nazi resistance movements. As more nuanced understandings of war and occupation have evolved, Van der Meersch's masterful rendition of life along the Western Front has enjoyed a well-deserved renaissance. Presenting a new translation along with an introduction and explanatory tes, W. Brian Newsome captures the moving imagery of Van der Meersch's narrative, situates Invasion 14 in the context of the author's life experience, addresses issues of postwar remembrance, and positions the vel amid literary movements of the time.
- Author BiographyMaxence Van der Meersch (1907- 1951) was a French writer of Flemish ancestry, originally trained as a lawyer. Invasion 14 was runner-up for the Prix Goncourt in 1935, and his novel L' Empreinte du dieu won the award in 1936. W. Brian Newsome is associate professor of history and assistant dean at Elizabethtown College.
- Author(s)Maxence van der Meersch
- PublisherMcGill-Queen's University Press
- Date of Publication05/06/2016
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationMontreal
- Country of PublicationCanada
- ImprintMcGill-Queen's University Press
- Weight726 g
- Width3895 mm
- Height5830 mm
- Spine38 mm
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