By Pierre Lemaitre
2013 Prix Goncourt winner from an writer who as a rule writes thrillers. This novel is ready French males getting back from struggling with in global struggle I, who locate that they're now not sought after in post-War France. They choose to focus on it. no longer but translated into English.
Sur les ruines du plus grand carnage du XXe siècle, deux rescapés des tranchées, passablement abîmés, prennent leur revanche en réalisant une escroquerie aussi spectaculaire qu'amorale. Des sentiers de l. a. gloire à l. a. subversion de los angeles patrie victorieuse, ils vont découvrir que l. a. France ne plaisante pas avec ses morts...
Fresque d'une infrequent cruauté, remarquable par son structure et sa puissance d'évocation, Au revoir là-haut est le grand roman de l'après-guerre de 14, de l'illusion de l'armistice, de l'État qui glorifie ses disparus et se débarrasse de vivants trop encombrants, de l'abomination érigée en vertu.
Dans l'atmosphère crépusculaire des lendemains qui déchantent, peuplée de misérables pantins et de lâches reçus en héros, Pierre Lemaitre compose l. a. grande tragédie de cette génération perdue avec un expertise et une maîtrise impressionnants.
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43 The imposing fortress of Termes, ruled by the family of the same name, dominated the area known as the Termenes. It held out against the crusaders under Simon de Montfort for over two months before a polluted water supply caused the defenders to abandon the site. (Author's collection) water supply. The only access the population had to water in time of siege was through a protected passageway running to the bottom of the cliff. Montfort arrived at the site at the beginning of June and invested it from three sides.
Lavaur, 1211 The year 1211 saw a number of important political developments in Montfort's struggle for control of the Trencavel lands. Firstly, Pedro of Aragon recognized Montfort's position as viscount of Beziers and Carcassonne, accepting him as a vassal. This was something he had been unwilling to do in 1209 immediately following the deposition and death of Raymond Trencavel, but he now realized that Montfort's position was so strong that he had to accept the inevitable. The second major development was the renewed excommunication of Raymond VI, count of Toulouse, by the papal legates in January, subsequently confirmed by the Pope in April.
Outside the city. Peter of les Vaux-de-Cernay states that 'the pride of the city of Toulouse was utterly humbled'. Prince Louis returned to Paris and the Fourth Lateran Council later in the year stripped Count Raymond VI of his land and titles, giving them instead to Montfort. The lords of the Languedoc were unwilling to accept the papal judgment and the son of Raymond VI, also called Raymond, led a revolt in the south, occupying the town of Beaucaire in the winter of 1216. The following spring and summer Montfort besieged the southerners without success until August, when he learned of unrest in Toulouse and, fearing that he might lose his possessions, he returned to the city to pacify the inhabitants.
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