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While the gods were sleeping

While the gods were sleeping

Mortier, Erwin, 1965- author; Vincent, Paul (Paul F.), translator

Helena's mother always said she was a born poetess. It was not a compliment. Now an old woman, Helena looks back on her life and tries to capture the past, filling notebook after notebook with memories of her respectable, rigid upbringing, her unyielding mother, her loyal father, her golden-haired brother. She remembers how, at their uncle's country house in the summer of 1914, their stately bourgeois life of good manners, white linen and afternoon tea collapsed into ruins. And how, with war, came a kind of liberation amidst the mud and rubble - and the appearance of a young English photographer who transformed her existence

Hardback, Book. English. Fiction in Translation. Fiction in translation. General.
Published London: Pushkin, 2014
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Statement of responsibility: Erwin Mortier ; translated by Paul Vincent
ISBN: 9781782270171
Note: Translated from the Dutch.
Physical Description: 368 pages ; 22 cm
Subject: World War, 1914-1918 Social aspects Fiction.