On Leave

On Leave

A long-lost French novel in which three soldiers return home from an unpopular, unspeakable war

When On Leave was published in Paris in 1957, as France's engagement in Algeria became ever more bloody, it told people things they did not want to hear. It vividly described what it was like for soldiers to return home from an unpopular war in a faraway place. The book received a handful of reviews, it was never reprinted, it disappeared from view. With no outcome to the… (more)

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In many ways, though, “On Leave” is less about war than about class, about the class inequity and social alienation that allows a culture to ship its young people off to a place where all men become equal in the most extreme manner possible.


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Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 04, 2014)

Collection: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Language: English


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