C'est la Guerre by Louis Calaferte

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In C'est la guerre Louis Calaferte presents the World War II--from the moment its outbreak is announced to the public through the unprecedented disaster that ensues, and through France's liberation in 1945--as it registers itself in the ever more isolated consciousness of a young, nameless boy.

About Louis Calaferte

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Calaferte was born in Turin. He was a playwright, Poet, and writer of prose
Published June 9, 1999 by Marlboro Press. 196 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The matÇriel of the wartime experience—economic deprivation and black marketeering, the formation of the Resistance movement, wholesale sexual exploitation and irregularity—is quite effectively conveyed by a skillful alternation of (nicely translated) explosive sentence fragments with long, meand...

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The unnamed narrator is a young orphan boy who lives in a village with a ""skinny little woman"" and ""the big man of the house."" The boy becomes aware that war has broken out when the tocsin sounds one September afternoon.

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