By Julien Gracq,Richard Howard

it's the fall of 1939, and Lieutenant Grange and his males live in a chalet above a concrete bunker deep within the Ardennes wooded area, charged with protecting the French-Belgian border opposed to the Germans in a struggle that turns out unreal, distant, and not going. way more instant is the earthy lifetime of the wooded area itself and the deep sensations of adolescence it remembers from Grange’s reminiscence. Ostensibly readying for war, Grange as an alternative spends his time staring at the switch in seasons, falling in love with a tender free-spirited widow named Mona, and considering the absurd stasis of his current situation. This novel of lengthy takes, dream states, and little dramatic motion culminates by surprise in conflict, an occasion that's as a lot the real incursion of the German military into France because it is the unexpected intrusion of death into the suspended disbelief of existence. Richard Howard’s expert translation captures the fairy-tale delicacy and existential dread of this strange, elusive novel (first published in 1959) by way of the ideal prose stylist Julian Gracq.

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