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

By: Lemaître, Pierre, 1951- [author.].
Contributor(s): Wynne, Frank [translator.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : MacLehose Press, 2015Description: 461 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780857053244.Uniform titles: Au revoir là-haut. English Subject(s): World War, 1914-1918 -- Fiction | Veterans -- France -- Fiction | Swindlers and swindling -- Fiction | French fiction -- Translations into English | France -- History -- 1914-1940 -- FictionGenre/Form: War fiction. | Historical fiction.DDC classification: 843.92 Awards: The Dagger Awards : International Dagger - for Crime Fiction translated into English and published in the UK, Winner 2016 | Winner of the Prix Goncourt in 2013.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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First published in French as Au revoir là-haut by Editions Albin Michel, Paris, in 2013.

"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.

In English, translated from the French.

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The Dagger Awards : International Dagger - for Crime Fiction translated into English and published in the UK, Winner 2016

Winner of the Prix Goncourt in 2013.

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