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Paperback: 224 pages
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ISBN-13: 9781609455002
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Hear Our Defeats

From the winner of the Prix GoncourtTimely and provocative, Hear Our Defeats is a novel about the battles that define us. The battles lost, won, and those still being fought.A French intelligence officer, Assem, is tasked with tracking down a former member of the U.S. Special Forces suspected of drug trafficking during the War in Afghanistan. En route to Beirut he shares a night with Miriam, an Iraqi archaeologist, who is in a race against time to save ancient artifacts across the Middle East from the destruction wreaked by ISIS.Woven into these two forceful, gripping storylines are stylish meditations on humankind's bellicose history: Hannibal's failed march on Rome and the burning of his fleet on the waters of the Mediterranean; Grant's pursuit of the Confederates into rural Virginia; Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox Courthouse; and Emperor Haile Selassie's swift retreat from Ethiopia. All turning points in world history, each showing a different facet of how nations and individualsface defeat.Gaude writes with a riveting immediacy, seamlessly taking the reader across the battlefields of our past to reflect upon the implications of conflicts being waged today.

Praise for Hear Our Defeats:

“With its erudition, breadth, beauty and Gallic temperament, Hear Our Defeats is a novel to savour and to ponder, perhaps with a Gauloise and a café.” —Winnipeg Free Press

"As a story, Gaudé’s latest is a modest accomplishment itself, but it is rich in philosophical possibilities that make it memorable." —Kirkus Reviews

"Highly recommended for smart readers." —Library Journal, starred review

Author Bio

Laurent Gaude is a French novelist and playwright. After being nominated for the 2002 Prix Concourt with The Death of King Tsongor, he won the award in 2004 for his novel The Sun of the Scorta.

Alison Anderson's translations for Europa Editions include novels by Selim Nassib, Amelie Nothomb, and Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt. She is the translator of The Elegance of the Hedgehog (Europa, 2008) and The Life of Elves (Europa, 2016) by Muriel Barbery.