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The Resource The great swindle, Pierre Lemaitre ; translated from the French by Frank Wynne

The great swindle, Pierre Lemaitre ; translated from the French by Frank Wynne

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The great swindle
Title
The great swindle
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Pierre Lemaitre ; translated from the French by Frank Wynne
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  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
Summary
"The year is 1918, the war on the Western Front all but over. An ambitious officer, Lieutenant Henry D'Aulnay-Pradelle, sends two soldiers over the top and then surreptitiously shoots them in the back to incite his men to attack the German lines. When another of D'Aulnay-Pradelle's soldiers, Albert Maillard, reaches the bodies and discovers how they died, the lieutenant shoves him into a shell hole to silence him. Albert is rescued by fellow soldier, the artist Edouard Péricourt, who takes a bullet in the face. The war ends and both men recover, but Edouard is permanently disfigured, and fakes his death to prevent his family from seeing him as a cripple. In gratitude for Edouard's rescue, Albert becomes the injured man's companion and caregiver. Finding that the postwar gratitude for the soldiers' service is nothing more than lip-service to an empty idea, the two men scramble to survive, ultimately devising a scam to take money for never-to-be-built war memorials from small towns. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Pradelle has married Edouard's sister Madeline and is running a scam of his own that involves the exhumation of war victims. In this sorrowful, heart-searching novel, the interwoven lives of these three men create a tapestry of the human condition as seen through the lens of war, revealing brutality and compassion, heroism and cowardice, in equal measure."--provided by publisher
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The year is 1918, the war on the Western Front all but over. An ambitious officer, Lieutenant Henry D'Aulnay-Pradelle, sends two soldiers over the top and then surreptitiously shoots them in the back to incite his men to attack the German lines. When another of D'Aulnay-Pradelle's soldiers, Albert Maillard, reaches the bodies and discovers how they died, the lieutenant shoves him into a shell hole to silence him. Albert is rescued by fellow soldier, the artist Edouard Pericourt, who takes a bullet in the face. The war ends and both men recover, but Edouard is permanently disfigured, and fakes his death to prevent his family from seeing him as a cripple. In gratitude for Edouard's rescue, Albert becomes the injured man's companion and caregiver. Finding that the postwar gratitude for the soldiers' service is nothing more than lip-service to an empty idea, the two men scramble to survive, ultimately devising a scam to take money for never-to-be-built war memorials from small towns. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Pradelle has married Edouard's sister Madeline and is running a scam of his own that involves the exhumation of war victims.
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Duncan Lawrie International Dagger, 2016
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10446428
Cataloging source
BTCTA
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1951-
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Lemaître, Pierre
Dewey number
843/.92
Index
no index present
LC call number
PQ2712.E485
LC item number
A8313 2015
Literary form
fiction
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Wynne, Frank
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True
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  • World War, 1914-1918
  • Veterans
  • Swindlers and swindling
  • France
Target audience
adult
Label
The great swindle, Pierre Lemaitre ; translated from the French by Frank Wynne
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Publication
Note
First published in French as Au revoir là-haut by Editions Albin Michel, Paris, in 2013
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 441-442)
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
442 pages
Isbn
9781623659035
Lccn
2015540794
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 907127681
  • (OCoLC)907127681
Label
The great swindle, Pierre Lemaitre ; translated from the French by Frank Wynne
Publication
Note
First published in French as Au revoir là-haut by Editions Albin Michel, Paris, in 2013
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 441-442)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
442 pages
Isbn
9781623659035
Lccn
2015540794
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 907127681
  • (OCoLC)907127681

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