Where I Left My Soul by Jerome Ferrari

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...the story has a doomy propulsion, with its elegant flashbacks and adumbrations, vivid, economical scene-setting, and fascinating relationships at its heart.
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It is 1957, the savage Algerian War rages on. Captain Andre Degorce is reunited with Lieutenant Horace Andreani, with whom he experienced the horrors of combat and imprisonment in Vietnam. Captives now pass from Degorce's hands into Andreani's: one-time victims have become torturers. Andreani has fully embraced his new status, but Degorce has lost all sense of himself. He only finds peace when he is with Tahar, a commander in the National Liberation Army who is held in a cell that now acts as a confessional, the jailor opening up to his prisoner.
 

About Jerome Ferrari

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Jérôme Ferrari was born in Paris in 1968. He is a professor of philosphy and now teaches in Abu Dhabi. He won the 2012 Prix Goncourt for The Sermon on the Fall of Rome, which is forthcoming from MacLehose Press. Geoffrey Strachan is the award-winning translator of Andreà ̄ Makine.
 
Published January 1, 2012 by MacLehose Press. 176 pages
Genres: War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Steven Poole on Nov 02 2012

...the story has a doomy propulsion, with its elegant flashbacks and adumbrations, vivid, economical scene-setting, and fascinating relationships at its heart.

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