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The Officers' Ward

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It is autumn 1914, the first days of the Great War. At a hospital on the outskirts of Paris in a room without mirrors, a young lieutenant lies scarred, his face forever disfigured by a German shell. But he is not alone. Between bouts of surgery, he discovers that hope, humanity and humor can endure even there in the officers' ward.
Paperback, 136 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Soho Press (first published 1998)
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از آن کتاب‌هاست که حتمن خواندنش را پیشنهاد می‌کنم
Mlle Alice, pouvez-vous nous raconter votre rencontre avec La Chambre des Officiers?

"Une fois de plus, voici l'un des livres remportés à l'occasion du concours des 50 ans de Pocket."

Dites-nous en un peu plus sur son histoire...

"Le jour de son départ pour la guerre, Adrien rencontre une belle femme. Un souvenir qui l'accompagnera longtemps, de ses quelques jours à la guerre à ses quelques années à l'hôpital."

Mais que s'est-il exactement passé entre vous?

"Ce n'est pas un livre que j'aurais choi...more
En 1914, Adrien Fournier, jeune ingénieur provincial installé depuis peu à Paris, est mobilisé et part à la guerre. Il en reviendra trop vite, atrocement mutilé, défiguré, sans même avoir combattu. Son quotidien sera désormais celui d’un homme brisé, cloîtré dans une chambre sans miroir réservée à ceux que l’on nomme « les gueules cassées ». Dans cette chambre des officiers, auprès de ses compagnons d’infortune, il lui faudra entamer un long chemin de croix vers la guérison fait de souffrances p...more
I acquired this book in a job lot given to me to sell at a car boot. I am glad I put it to one side to read before passing it on.
I recently found out that my Great Grandfather died as a result of injuries sustained in the early days of the Battle of the Somme, I have read his service records and it tells of the catastrophic facial burns amongst other injuries. So I thought by reading this book it may give an insight into how it 'might' have been.

This story is based on the real story of one soldi...more
Joli premier livre pour Dugain. Il traite de la 1e guerre et de ses conséquences sur les gueules cassées. Réaliste, terrifiant mais tellement réel!
خیلی خوب بود... به خصوص صحنه پردازی ها و شخصیت پردازی ها، بعد از دو سال کاملا تو ذهنم موندن
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راوی، سربازیه که همون روزهای اول جنگ جهانی زخمی می‌شه، یه خمپاره جولوش می‌ترکه و صورتشو از دست می‌ده. منتقل می‌شه به یه بیمارستان، اون اولین زخمیِ بخش اونه، و بعد زخمی‌های دیگه می‌ان و دوستی‌هایی شکل می‌گیره و داستان پیش می‌ره

این زاویه از جنگ، که فقط داری توی بیمارستان آسیب‌هاشو می‌بینی یه جور وحشتناکی تکون‌دهنده‌س. از دست دادن چهره، همون‌طور که روی جلد کتاب صورت‌ها ضربدر خورده، یه جور از دست دادن هویته، هویت اجتماعی، از دست دادن چیزیه که آدم‌ها تو رو با اون می‌شناختن و حالا که اونو نداری کنار گ...more
I loved the simple language used to tell this story. There was no room for superfluous words in this tale, the events and the players are profound enough. The narrator’s experience recovering from wounds in Paris during WWI is filled with pain, hope, humor, loss, love, and friendship. The narrator carefully takes us through the simple, sparse moments of convalescence in the “Officer’s ward” and fills them with meaning that comes from a deep gratitude for life, and from the bravery to see through...more
Adrien is an officer in the French Army sent to the front in World War I. Within the first few days of action, he is wounded and sent to a hospital ward with other officers with facial disfigurements. Nothing much happens in this novel although we follow the soldiers as they spend five years in hospital coming to terms with their injuries, the war and the impact on their lives in the future. This was powerful and compelling and poignant in this centenary year of the war's outbreak.
راوی داستان یک افسر ارتش است که در نخستین هفته اعزامش به جنگ،به شدت از ناحیه صورت آسیب می بیند.داستان، به جنگ جهانی اول می پردازد،اما نه از جبهه های نبرد،بلکه از نگاه بازماندگانش در بیمارستانی نظامی.بازماندگانی که به خاطر آسیب وارده از جنگ،با رویای آینده خداحافظی کرده و در لحظه زنده اند.اکثر داستان در اتاق افسران مجروح جنگی روایت می شود با این حال سیر داستان در عین سادگی دارای جذابیت فوق العاده ایست که خواننده را تا تمام شدن کتاب،سر جایش میخکوب می کند.
I read this book several years ago as part of my foray into novels and history related to World War I. It was a work filled with both tragedy and hope, something not often found in literature of that era. The tragedy, yes, but not the hope. It often came back to me as I read "Toby's Room", as it related to the nascent attempts at facial reconstruction of those seriously injured on the battlefield.
I liked the single voice style-almost like a memoir. It covered lots of ground about war, identity, & relationships without becoming maudlin. The book fairly flew from the end of WWI to the end of WWII in the last few pages- I guess to drive home that war is always the same. Not really an enjoyable book, but satisfying.
"... what brought us together right from the beginning was a tacit decision to reject introspection and avoid thinking about the disaster of our existence, because that would only lead to bitterness, a bitterness made up in part of disenchantment and in part of a martyr's selfishness."
This is the first book I had to read for my contemporary fiction course this summer. It paints a chilling picture of the struggles wounded soldiers go through during and after war. I would definitely use it when teaching WWI, but I wasn't very happy with the ending. It seemed rushed.
D'une tristesse et d'une beauté a couper le souffle . L'année littéraire commence bien pour moi
Jul 10, 2013 Alison added it
translated from French, about WW 1 ward for people with facial injuries with no mirrors. and the life afterwards gradually returning to life. very quick read ?cos of the translation found it too detached.
Fantastique parcours d'une gueule cassée (Adrien, Officier, défiguré par un éclat d'obus lors d'une mission reconnaissance en 1914) dans les murs du Val-De-Grace où il est resté 5 ans.
I loved this book in a macabre sort of way. I just find it so incredible that these men and women managed to cope with their injuries with such dignity. What a huge debt we owe them.
I enjoyed reading aobut the charectors life as he enters the WW1 and is injured and begin the process of recovery
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Marc Dugain est né au Sénégal en 1957. La Chambre Des Officiers, son premier roman paru en 1998, a reçu dix-huit prix littéraires.
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