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  1. Jim Fonseca Jim Fonseca says:

    This novel won France’s highest literary award the Prix Goncourt in 2013To summarize from the blurbs two French WW I veterans find themselves in a society whose “reverence for its dead cannot uite match its resentment for those who survived” They are penniless One lost the lower half of his face and is morphine addicted Physically and psychologically destroyed by the war both are cut off from their families one man is gay abandoned and disowned by his father and the men seeks revenge against the country they feel has abandoned themThey still fear a lieutenant from the war who trying to make a name for himself in the last ten days before the peace kills two of his own men and tried to kill the two men who are the main characters in the book There’s a lot to the plot it’s almost 500 pages but much of the book is about two swindles; one real and one fictitiousThe real swindle researched by the author was a scandal in France after the war Imagine the impact of loved ones finding out how the bodies of their lost sons brothers and fathers were treated We are used to seeing pictures of row upon row of soldiers’ graves in neatly arranged cemeteries And we are used to seeing war dead returned with honor guards But that’s not how it was in the heat of battle in the trench warfare of WW I Bodies were tossed into pits gullies and bomb craters and hastily buriedWhat occurred after the war wasn’t pretty either An illicit practice started where wealthy people paid soldiers to reveal where their loved ones were buried and then paid others to retrieve their bodies for burial After the war a massive operation was undertaken by France to find and exhume bodies for proper burial in the national war cemeteries Companies bid on contracts that went to the low bidders Chinese and African immigrants did most of this nasty work Most were illiterate certainly in French They could not read “dog tags” or other identifying paperwork so bodies were mixed up Paid “by the coffin” German war dead were sometimes interred as French soldiers Empty coffins were assigned names and buried The companies scrimped on the size of coffins sometimes cutting off heads or feet to fit bodies into the smallest coffin possible Personal items and clothing were stolen One company even paid grave workers for dentures stolen from the dead After the war every town tried to outdo its neighbors in building monuments to honor their war dead The two destitute men left to shift for themselves resent this extravagance on the dead while living veterans are largely ignored Here’s the fake scandal Since the injured man is an excellent artist he concocts a scheme with the help of his buddy to sell war memorials and receive down payments for projects that will never be built There is good writing Some samples “He hiked up the front of his pants as if to say I could do with a drink now”“so many trips so many meetings scarcely time to screw his wife’s friends; this government order was taking up all his time and energy”“Having no one and nothing in his life – not even a cat – everything was about him his existence had curled in on itself like a dry leaf around an empty space”Of the town mayor who simply rambled when he spoke “What did it mean this prolixity? It was impossible to tell Labourdin constructed sentences from sounds rather than ideas”“It sounded as though he had spent much time thinking about the uestion but never about the answer” A great read – I’ll give it a 45 and round up to “5”Top photo from thoughtcocomPhoto of Etaples Military Cemetery from tripadvisorcomukPhoto of the author from elperiodicocom

  2. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Au revoir là haut The Great Swindle Pierre LemaitreThe Great Swindle is a 2013 novel by Pierre Lemaitre set in France in the aftermath of the First World War It was published in French in 2013 It won several notable awards such as the Prix Goncourt and was adapted into a 2017 film of the same name تاریخ نخستین خوانش روز هجدهم ماه آوریل سال 2016 میلادیعنوان دیدار به قیامت؛ نویسنده پیر لومتر؛ مترجم مرتضی کلانتریان؛ تهران، نشر آگاه، 1394؛ در 495ص؛ شابک 9789644163456؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان فرانسوی سده 21مبرشی از «دیدار به قیامت» اثر پیر لومتر هِنری، مثل یک ماهی دهانش را باز کرد؛ با این خبر تازه از پا درآمده بود؛ یک فاجعه، یک رسوایی؛ یک جسد است؛ یک جسد است؛ قبول؛ برای هِنری، مُرده چه فرانسوی باشد، چه آلمانی، چه سنگالی، مهم نبود؛ در این گورستان‌ها نمی‌توانستند مواردی را که جسد سربازان واحدهای دیگر را بین جسدهای خودی، یا جسد سربازی که از دسته‌ اش دور افتاده، حتی چند جسد غیرخودی، جسدهای واحد حمله، جسدهای پیش‌قراول‌ها را، از هم تشخیص بدهند؛ حرکت دسته‌ های نظامی، مرتب جلو و عقب می‌شد؛ ولی یک دستور اکید داده شده بود جسدهای سربازهای آلمانی، باید به‌ هر قیمتی، از جسدهای قهرمان‌های پیروزمند فرانسوی، جدا گذاشته شوند؛ گوشه‌ ای جداگانه برای دفن آنها، در گورستان‌ها، از طرف دولت تعیین شده بود؛ اگر دولت آلمان، و سرویس نگهداری نظامیان آلمانی، با مقامات فرانسوی، درمورد سرنوشت ده‌ ها هزار جسد بیگانه، مذاکره کنند، وقتی آن‌روز فرابرسد، فکرش را بکنید، یک بُش نظامی آلمانی را، با یک سرباز فرانسوی اشتباه‌ گرفتن، یک بی‌حرمتی نابخشودنی به مقدسات تلقی خواهد شد؛ یک بش را در یک گور فرانسوی دفن‌ کردن، تصورش را بکنید که چه افتضاحی خواهد بود این برای فرانسویان غیرقابل تحمل بود، دقیقا به منزله بی‌حرمتی به گور خواهد بود؛ رسوایی مسلم؛ پایان نقلتاریخ بهنگام رسانی 31041399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا شربیانی

  3. Warwick Warwick says:

    A very strange book to have won the Goncourt Prize – it's superficially engaging than you might expect from French literary fiction the author is better known as a writer of thrillers but also much shallow In fact it doesn't really seem to be about anything except for a string of vaguely related incidents involving two survivors of the First World War – and at than six hundred pages that's really not enough This book is just far too long In fact by the time you finally reach the end you've already long since metaphorically put the chairs on the tables and started switching lights offWe do get off to uite an exciting start a battlefield in the closing days of the war November 1918 and two French privates whose lives come together in a moment of near death melodrama The soldiers' subseuent attempts to make a go of it in post war Paris are inwoven with the country's capitalist rush to finance war memorials while the concept of the French solider is fêted and glorified actual surviving soldiers many of whom are grotesuely injured are ostracised and shunnedLa guerre avait été une terrible épreuve de solitude mais ce n'était rien comparé à cette période de démobilisation ui prenait des allures de descente aux enfersThematically this should be pretty interesting but unfortunately it's mostly used as the pretext for a lot of dramatic set pieces whose narrative tension is sometimes engineered rather cheaply I think it's cheating for instance to say that a character has died only to reveal later that he's still alive after all and similar tricks are played at several points herein The main characters become involved in perpetrating a huge countrywide scam and this is sueezed for every drop of manufactured tension it can provide Which personally I hated – you know those scenes in films or TV shows where someone's snuck into someone's office and they have to get a file out of a drawer or download something on to a USB stick or something?—and at the same time you can see the owner pulling up outside and walking up the stairs turning the handle – argh I can't stand these scenes I actually sometimes have to switch over because they stress me out so much Well this book is kind of like that only strung out for five hundred pagesThat title by the way It means ‘See you in heaven’ or something along those lines but for Anglophone readers – well for me anyway – it can't help bringing to mind echoes of Robert Graves's famous First World War memoir Goodbye to All That The English translation of this one appears to be called The Great Swindle which isfine if kind of giving upThe writing style is not bad – it's very easy to read few long words a feeling of wit and intelligence there but certainly nothing that makes you want to underline phrases in delight; and while the two main characters are well done the same can't be said for some of the supporting cast the perky parlourmaid love interest and the evil aristo baddie seem to have been ordered straight from central casting Because of its length and its episodic nature some people have compared this to the big nineteenth century novels but that's a strange connection to want to make with a story like this which takes its narrative inspiration much from Barbusse Genevoix and Chevallier as the afterword explicitly says Problem is I'm not sure Pierre Lemaitre really comes out of this comparison well which is a polite way of saying that he definitely doesn't – many parts of his book are good fun but you'd do a lot better to read Barbusse Genevoix and Chevallier instead

  4. Fionnuala Fionnuala says:

    As the hundredth anniversary of armistice day approached I realised that I'd read only one book about WWI in the last four years in spite of having had the intention in 2014 of reading many Pierre Lemaitre's book which begins during the last days of the the war seemed a fitting way to make reparation for my failed intentionAs it turns out the one book I did read back in 2014 also by a French author was set at the beginning of the war so the two novels bookend the period neatly There are a couple of other things that set them apart too ' 14' by Jean Echenoz is written in a consistent and beautiful prose style whereas this book by Pierre Lemaitre is an amalgam of various styles and registers Echenoz's book is low key and uneventful while Lemaitre's is dramatic and full of action But the biggest contrast between the two books is in tone ' 14' is relentlessly serious while ' Au Revoir Là Haut' leans very much towards farce though it touches on far serious topics than does ' 14' Both books are concerned with the situation of demobilized soldiers but where Echenoz remains at a distance from the dilemmas of his characters Lemaitre gets right up close One of the main characters is horrifically mutilated and the author doesn't spare the reader any of the details In fact Lemaitre seems determined to confront aspects of the war and its aftermath that we might prefer not to know about Right at the beginning of the book he describes a scene where an officer shoots two of his own scouts making it seem as if they were shot by the enemy just to provoke an unnecessary skirmish sacrificing many lives in the process And all of that simply to ensure his own reputation in the final days of the war We are just recovering from the fallout from that episode when Lemaitre introduces another bombshell of a theme how post war entrepreneurs managed to exploit the grieving population The war had barely ended when families of dead soldiers began to demand the right to claim their bodies for reburial Government initiatives were soon put in place to create special cemeteries to which the remains of the hundreds of thousands of soldiers buried in haste near battlefield sites could be transferred Lemaitre creates a scenario where the person who wins contracts for three of the cemeteries keeps no proper records and uses cheap undersized coffins and cheap unsupervised labour so that the coffins often contain only partial remains or are filled with rubble or worse still with the bodies of enemy soldiers The title of this book which translates as 'See you in Heaven' and which refers to the farewell cry as soldiers ran into battle begins to sound like 'See you in Hell' And those images of war cemeteries I've been seeing on tv news these past few days have taken on a different aspectAt around the same time that the war cemeteries were being created there was a big demand for war memorials as every community in France clad to erect its own tribute to the dead soldiers Two of Lemaitre's characters exploit this situation by persuading people to take out subscriptions towards monuments which they have no intention of ever delivering This part of the plot is based on a real life scam that took place in the 1920sThat the graveyard opportunists and the monument scam artists are all ex soldiers is only one of the ironies of this multi stranded story One of the opportunists is in fact the officer who sacrificed his men for glory in the beginning of the novel another the soldier who was horrifically mutilated in that very same skirmish and the third a man who was very nearly counted among the buried himself But the greatest irony of all is that although much is made of the fact that the mutilated character can no longer smile or laugh I smiled and sniggered all the way through these potentially tragic and painful scenarios I'm left with the impression that Lemaitre himself is a bit of a scam artist Instead of the fitting tribute to Armistice day I thought I'd bought he sold me short with this slick irreverent page turner of a farce Don't you just have to admire a trickster as skillful as that

  5. Susan Susan says:

    This novel takes place over three years 1918 1919 and 1920 As befitting a book which deals with the aftermath of WWI this begins in the trenches War is almost over and the soldiers of the 163rd Infantry Division are frankly not keen to take part in a proposed offensive to cross the Meuse For Lieutenant d’Aulnay Pradelle though who fears peace will come before he achieves the glory he yearns for it is one last chance to use the war for his own ends – and nothing is going to stop himWhen two French soldiers are shot on a reconnaissance mission the men are outraged at the enemy The outrage spills into an escalation of violence and two days before the end of the war Pradelle gets his offensive When soldier Albert Maillard comes across the bodies of the two soldiers though he suspects all is not what it seems and Pradelle notices his interest On the battlefield it seems as though Albert will not gain his wish to return home but his life is saved by Edouard Pericourt a talented artist from a wealthy family Despite the fact that both men survive this event has massive repercussions for both of them I have read many books about the first world war but not many about the immediate aftermath of war and I actually cannot recall reading one set in France This perfectly captures the deep distress of a society attempting to cope after this momentous event; of how so many returning servicemen were viewed and of how they struggled to pick up the pieces of their lives Unwilling to return home Edouard becomes Albert’s responsibility He is so damaged that Albert states that leaving the hospital with him was “like walking a wild animal from the zoo down the street” but in reality both men are deeply changed; whether physically or mentallyBoth Albert and Edouard struggle with poverty and in Edouard’s case dependency on painkillers Before the war Albert had a job and a girlfriend but now he finds that although he has left the trenches he is unable to find his way back to normality What is worse Pradelle – who Albert fears – has become a success and his social climbing is combined with financial gain through some rather unscrupulous mean That is until Edouard comes up with a plan that has the capacity to become an impending national scandalI have not read the crime novels by this extremely talented author but I really enjoyed this book which is populated by a great cast of characters Not just the slightly sinister Pradelle the weary gentle kindness of Albert and the artistic and personal flamboyance of Edouard cruelly destroyed by a single moment; but of the others that help flesh out the storyline The daughter of the landlady who befriends the two men the pretty maid Pauline Edouard’s father his sister Madeleine and the government inspector Joseph Merlin all add to the evocation of this time The plot is intricate involved and will carry you along until the end A very enjoyable book which will have a lot to offer reading groups as it has so much to discuss as well as being a very interesting personal read

  6. Roger Brunyate Roger Brunyate says:

     To their graves again Those who thought that this war would be over uickly are all dead Of the war of course Early November 1918; what a marvelous opening This massive novel winner of the Prix Goncourt for 2013 has all the makings of a popular success Something of a sucès de scandale in France where it challenges the national preoccupation with patriotic valor and paints a vitriolic portrait of virtually the entire establishment But it is also a mighty good story by any account that starts in the trenches of WW1 and changes into a fascinating tale of crime and corruption with a nail biting finish It will surely be a best seller in translation and I can already imagine the Hollywood movie or BBC miniseries However I find it hard to gauge its literary value; it is a very different animal from the works of previous Goncourt winners such as Michel Houellebec Marie N'Diaye or Jean EchenozThe set up is simple Two French soldiers Albert Maillard and Édouard Péricourt both wounded in a pointless operation a few days before the Armistice of November 11 1918 save each other's lives Albert is buried alive; Édouard digs him out in the nick of time but is himself wounded Their recovery is hindered by Lieutenant Henri d'Aulnay Pradelle who sets up the attack to seize his last chance at promotion killing some of his own men to further his own heroic legend; he is a made for the movies villain handsome ubiuitous and utterly detestableAfter 150 pages the action moves forward by a year Albert is scraping a living while trying to look after Édouard who feels he is too disfigured to return to his rich family and is living under a false name D'Aulnay Pradelle meanwhile has married into Édouard's family and is using his connections to rise rapidly in society He becomes a postwar profiteer contracting with the government to disinter the bodies of soldiers from their battlefield graves and rebury them in large official cemeteries But he is greedy and cuts corners Albert and Édouard meanwhile start their own scheme to raise money for war memorials based on Édouard's extraordinary abilities as an artist The author cites several articles suggesting that something of this kind was an actual scandal in the years following the War Certainly he has a remarkable knowledge of French bureaucracy and a perfect ear for how the rich use their status to manipulate those less powerfulI am in awe at Lemaitre's skill at plotting Starting from just these three major characters he gradually introduces others—Édouard's sister and father Pradelle's fellow directors a tenacious inspector from the Ministry the landlady's daughter who becomes fascinated with Édouard and the beautiful maid who falls for Albert—working them into the remainder of the novel as integral parts of the action He has a way of presenting plot twists as faits accomplis and only then going back to explain how they came about He is brilliant at building a climaxMorally the book is challenging I found myself liking uite a few of the characters but approving of none of them The attractive ones include the meek yet resourceful Albert Édouard's sister and even his banker father cold though he seemed at the beginning But none of the characters are without bad traits and even our heroes engage in deceptive if not downright criminal behavior The back cover calls the novel a fresco of a rare cruelty and there is certainly a uality of violence to the writing that almost revels in injury insult and degradation not to mention decomposing bodies as though this were a 19th century melodrama seen through the lens of an R rated film makerHence I think my difficulty in finding a context within which to rate this Its subject is early 20th century and Lemaitre mentions a couple of novels from the period that influenced him But for me the overriding sensation was of reading a novel from the 19th century The obvious comparison is with Balzac's Le Colonel Chabert also about a soldier buried alive who finds it difficult to return to civil life But in scope it is like Stendhal or Zola or most of all Hugo's Les Misérables ; Lemaitre at one point even compares Pradelle to Javert In any case the kind of novel they don't write any —or write if they do to sell in airports rather than enter for prizes And yet I was always conscious of this being a 21st century product for its attitudes its authorial voice and not least for its language that kept me going to the online dictionary looking up presumably slang words that as often or not I could not find I feel I cannot possibly give it less than five stars but part of me wonders how much of this is due to the undertaking of reading it in French When it becomes a best seller in English will it seem then merely another blockbuster historical novel or truly a prizewinner something exceptional? We shall seeAfter corresponding with a couple of Francophone friends I would add the following Much of my difficulty with context probably stems from the fact that the book is written simultaneously in two registers the literary and the popular which often jostle one another within the bounds of a single sentence It is a kind of sampling techniue that could really only be done in the postmodern era even though the story goes back a century and the idea of the grand novel a century before that Secondly it is a book that changes its colors as it progresses The opening 150 pages have a philosophical depth psychological perception and richness of style which does not at all conflict with the Prix Goncourt world But as it becomes increasingly of a plot driven novel it also becomes commercial—though doubtless highly successful in that genre

  7. Marina Sofia Marina Sofia says:

    A painless way to learn about the aftermath of the First World War Painless because it is a very readable book with an easy natural flow to the writing style not at all pretentious which is what is sometimes associated with the Goncourt Prize The subject matter however is painful The post war apathy disillusionment cynicism and fraud are very well described The author is great at maintaining pacing and characterisation throughout his experience with exciting 'polar' narrative shows None of the characters are entirely likable yet you get caught up in their often self inflicted predicaments Yes sometimes it does feel a little like a soap opera But then soap operas are today's manifestation of the romans fleuves and this is very much in that style

  8. Clara (The Bookworm of Notre-Dame) Clara (The Bookworm of Notre-Dame) says:

    It was AMAZING

  9. Carmen Carmen says:

    The start of this novel is sharp and aims straight at the heart Every single one of those who thought that war would soon be over had died long ago actually because of that war The four hundred pages that follow depict the madness and violence a group of young men had to endure Men who thought that they were fighting for honour and ideals and met just death death of the body and death of ideals and even the death of their gods But Au revoir la haut is not just a war novel although in the first chapter you have such a depiction of the trenches you can almost smell the blood but a crossroads where you can find a 19th century novel romance bromance tragedythe grotesueIn November 1918 I World War is almost coming to an end and Maillard and Pericourt two French soldiers are willing to go home when something turns wrong because men go greedy and able to do anything for glory and back in France soldiers' death and remembrance is just business Not only does the reader accompany them in their journey from the trenches to post war France analysing what lies beneath battle and the offices where politicians decide who fights who and when but he can also witness the trauma and the will to surviveAlthough I fell in love with the first chapters I think the novel loses punch as it progresses It is worth reading though

  10. Leselissi Leselissi says:

    this book is a deep inpact

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Au revoir là-haut ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☆ Au revoir là-haut Author Pierre Lemaitre – Depois de terem escapado do caos da guerra Albert e Édouard compreendem rapidamente ue o país não uer saber deles para nada Albert empregado modesto e timorato perdeu tudo Édouard artista irrevere Depois de terem escapado do caos da guerra Albert e Édouard compreendem rapidamente ue o país não uer saber deles para nada Albert empregado modesto e timorato perdeu tudo Édouard artista irreverente e excessivo com o rosto esburacado por um estilhaço é um homem esmagado pela história familiarDesarmados e abandonados após a carnificina vêem se condenados à exclusão Recusando se a ceder à amargura ou ao desânimo concebem uma burla de uma Au revoir PDF or audácia inaudita ue deixará o país em efervescência.

  • Paperback
  • 496 pages
  • Au revoir là-haut
  • Pierre Lemaitre
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  • 15 September 2016
  • 9789897241529

About the Author: Pierre Lemaitre

Pierre Lemaitre is a French novelist and screenwriter He is internationally renowned for the crime novels featuring the fictional character Commandant Camille VerhœvenHis first novel that was translated into English Alex is a translation of the French book with the same title it jointly won the CWA International Dagger for best translated crime novel of In November he was awarded t.