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Jean Echenoz, considered by many to be the most distinguished and versatile living French novelist, turns his attention to the deathtrap of World War I in 1914. In it, five Frenchmen go off to war, two of them leaving behind a young woman who longs for their return. But the main character in this brilliant novel is the Great War itself.

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Paperback, 119 pages
Published January 2nd 2014 by The New Press (first published October 4th 2012)
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Marita
Jean Echenoz is not a verbose author; with few words he conveys much. In this slim novella which weighs in at 107 pages (plus notes) he says a great deal about WWI. About the high hopes and expectations as 'green' French recruits first set out for the Front in 1914, almost as if they were embarking on an exciting adventure. About how they were going to celebrate in triumph in Berlin in a matter of weeks. And then the stark reality of war, the Great War. Where reality almost becomes unreal, and m ...more
Fionnuala
I kept thinking in images as I read this short book by Jean Echenoz. The images I saw in my mind's eye were mostly war scenes since this book is about WWI but they weren’t horrific, they weren't filled with bombed out wastelands, desperation or misery. No, the images I saw had the delicate outline of resigned figures in uniform, marching, eating, resting, or the elegant silhouettes of relatives left behind in some idyllic town, its church spire outlined against a clear sky. All the images had th ...more
Roberto
Aug 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: guerra, francia

Riso al salto

Come si può pensare, nel 2012, di scrivere un libro sulla prima guerra mondiale? Come si può evitare di cadere nel già detto, nei cliché sulla sporcizia, sui topi, sulle trincee (terribili certo, ma sicuramente già efficacemente descritti in centinaia di saggi, romanzi, documentari e film)?

Semplicemente cambiando la prospettiva. Sintesi (un centinaio di pagine), frasi brevi (semplicità), lessico (un vocabolario incredibile questo Echenoz!), descrizioni minimali (essenzialità), poch
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Hakan
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Savaşın acımasızlığı, yıkıcılığı, insan ve doğa üzerinde yarattığı etkisi böylesine kısa bir kitapta ancak bu kadar çarpıcı bir şekilde anlatılabilirdi herhalde... Echenoz, kendisine has minimalist üslubuyla yine çok etkileyici. Siperlerdeki cehennem atmosferi çok duru ama gayet vurucu bir şekilde verilmiş. Birinci Dünya Savaşının patlak vermesinden bir hafta önce huzurlu bir kır ortamında başlayan kitap, savaşın sona ermesinden hemen sonra bir otel odasında, biraz da umut verici bir sonla tamam ...more
nettebuecherkiste
An der französischen Westküste, 1914. Anthime ist mit dem Fahrrad unterwegs, als die Glocken zu läuten beginnen: Es ist Krieg. Schon am nächsten Tag werden er, sein Bruder Charles und weitere Kameraden in der Kaserne eingekleidet und sie marschieren los Richtung Ardennen. Was Anthime und Charles noch nicht wissen: Charles’ Freundin Blanche bleibt schwanger zurück.

Iris Radisch nannte den 2012 erschienenen Roman von Jean Echenoz “Eines der allerbesten Bücher zum Ersten Weltkrieg” (Umschlagstext).
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Roger Brunyate
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, ww1
 
A disarmingly simple novella of the Great War

At only 109 pages (plus the copious and very informative notes by the translator Linda Coverdale), Jean Echenoz' novella might seem too slight to cover even the last months of 1914, when France entered a war expected to last only a few weeks, let alone to deny its title by going all the way to the armistice in 1918. But its almost casual brevity is the secret of its power. Echenoz describes the explosion of shells in the French trenches with much the
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Banushka
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
kısacık bir novella'da savaşın korkunçluğunu, öncesini ve sonrasını o kadar iyi bir biçimde aktarmış ki echenoz.
hiç duygusal olmayan, hatta duygusuz bir biçimde, "biz" diyerek anlatan, kim olduğunu bilemediğimiz bir anlatıcı var. bu anlatıcı her yerde, savaşın içinde, dışında, insanların beyninde... sanki her şeyi o yapıyor. savaşı çıkaran da o sanki, gencecik çocukların bir iki ayda geri dönerim yanılgısıyla gitmesini sağlayan da... birer birer hayatlarını kaybedenlerin sorumlusu da...
anthime,
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Stephen Durrant
Dec 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jean Echenoz, one of France's most talented and versatile writers, here tackles a formidable topic: the First World War, which has already inspired a small library of great literature. He succeeds at his task, somewhat surprisingly, without relying upon either historical breadth or psychological depth. "14" has an extremely small cast of characters--essentially five young men recruited together and one young woman "left behind." All these are portrayed strictly from the outside. For example, one ...more
Mustafa Şahin
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-literature
Adam altmış sayfada Birinci Dünya Savaşı'nı anlatmış, hem sosyal hem de psikolojik olarak. Vay arkadaş... Az ama öz yazmış, çok iyi!
Arash
Jul 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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آری، تیرباران شدن به دست خودیها بهجای دچار شدن به خفگی، زغال شدن و تجزیه شدن بر اثر گازهای شیمیایی دشمن، شعلهافکنها یا گلولههای توپ آنها: حق انتخاب برایت محفوظ بود. اما راه دیگری هم وجود داشت و آن عبارت بود از تیرباران کردن خود: شستِ پا را روی ماشه میگذاشتی و دهانهی توپ را به طرف دهانت نشانه میرفتی. این هم روشی بود در میان روشهای بیشمار موجود.
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کتاب سرگذشت چند دوست است که بی خبر از هیاهو تکاپوی جنگ، بدون هیچ پیش زمینه و آموزش مقدماتی به جنگ اعزام می شوند. مردم در روز اعزام برای آنها جشن و پایکوب
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Kris
Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
My review is published in Rain Taxi's current print edition, Volume 19, Number 1, Spring 2014 (#73).
http://www.raintaxi.com/print-edition/
Kurtlu
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
okuduğum 3. echenoz kitabı da yazarın dilini sevdiğime dair inancımı sarsmadı. fakat bu sefer farklı bir şey vardı. kitabın paralel kurgusu içinde anlatıcı her yerdeydi. yani ana kahramanların hikayelerini 3. tekil şahış olarak anlatırken birden kendisini de katarak 1. çoğula geçiş yapıyordu. aynı anda hem cephede, hem de bahse konu savaşa katılan askerlerin savaştan önce yaşadıkları kasabada. bu anlatımı eğlenceli hale getirirken biraz da yapaylaştırmış. böyle olduğu için 1 yıldızını kırdım, am ...more
Stef Smulders
Not a very special short novel with a rather simple WWI story, told almost like a fairytail or tragicomedy. One would think there is material enough here to write a fullgrown novel. What did the writer intend to do? Write a lighthearted version of the terrible happenings in which due to the irony of fate Anthime takes the position in life of his elder, previously unattainable brother?
Jim Coughenour
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
I keep hoping for another novel from Echenoz that I'll enjoy as much as I'm Gone but three novels on, that hasn't happened. I was curious about 1914 (published in French as 14 as it also happens to be his 14th novel, or so I read somewhere). I'm in the midst of what will probably be a year-long reading project of fat histories of World War I. These are an exceptional crop of books, as illuminated by R.J.W. Evans's recent essay in the NYRB – but I was ready for a breather.

There's already a trove
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Elina
May 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ένα πολύ διαφορετικό βιβλίο που μέσα στις λίγες σελίδες του περιγράφει γεγονότα του πρώτου παγκοσμίου πολέμου. Ο τρόπος που περιγράφονται είναι τελείως λιτός, στεγνός από φιοριτούρες αλλά γεμάτος κινούμενες εικόνες. Όλο το σκηνικό στηνόταν στο μυαλό μου την ώρα που το διάβαζα. Τα αστεράκια είναι 3,5 γιατί με έριξε πολύ ψυχολογικά σε μια φάση που δεν ήθελα να πάω παρακάτω. Κατα τ' άλλα αξίζει μιας ευκαιρίας.
Natxo Cruz
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excel·lent i concentrada descripció de la primera guerra mundial des dels ulls de cinc joves francesos que condensa, en tot just 100 pàgines, els trets més notables de la comtesa: l'eufòria nacional popular (per última vegada a la història) davant la imminència de l'enfrontament armat, el descens a la realitat d'aquest, l'horror de les trinxeres i els efectes terribles de les armes modernes, els paissatges desolats de les ciutats que van perdre tota una generació d'homes joves i el quasi impossi ...more
Bart Vanvaerenbergh
Klein maar fijn.
Over de gruwelen van de eerste wereldoorlog is reeds veel geschreven.
Dit boek is anders : het focust op de grote oorlog via de dagdagelijkse dingen.
Anthime en zijn vrienden worden opgeroepen. Ze kijken uit naar "de oorlog", maar wat een verzetje van een twee weken moet worden, veranderd in een ingrijpende gebeurtenis voor allen.
De gebeurtenissen overkomen de personages, het ongewone wordt deel van hun realiteit en hoe iedereen er op reageert is anders.
Mooi boek(je) dat in al zijn
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jpm
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quando che narra riesce a descrivere luoghi e stati d'animo con una precisione tale da consentire al lettore di immergersi nella storia allora il romanzo ha raggiunto il suo principale obiettivo!
Margarida
Escolhi esta leitura pela temática da I Guerra Mundial, tendo descoberto este texto após a leitura de um outro livro sobre a mesma temática.
O que gostei mais foram as descrições de episódios da guerra, as relações entre os soldados, o resultado cruel dos bombardeamentos por obuses: os estropiados, cegos e mortos.
A história paralela dos dois irmãos que vão para a guerra, um morre e o outro regressa sem um braço e que posteriormente toma o lugar do irmão na vida da mulher e da filha dele, é uma
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Israel Montoya Baquero
¿Se pueden narrar cuatro años de guerra en menos de 100 paginas? Echenoz demuestra, con maestria, que es posible.
Con una prosa sencilla, directa, pero dura como las balas que sobrevolaron los campos franceses en 1914, nos narra las vivencias de un grupo de soldados franceses durante la I Guerra Mundial.
Un libro duro, directo, y que se devora de una sentada, y aun asi delicioso y disfrutable, que nos demuestra que, en ocasiones, menos es siempre mas.
Gülhan Güllü
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sonu klişe olsa da basarili bir kisa roman; konusu itibariyle elbette ic burkuyor.
Emilia
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Como que no lo entendí.
George K.
Sep 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Το βιβλίο μου είχε κινήσει την προσοχή από την πρώτη στιγμή που κυκλοφόρησε στα ελληνικά από τις εκδόσεις Ίκαρος, αλλά η τιμή του μου είχε φανεί αρκετά τσιμπημένη για το μέγεθος του βιβλίου, οπότε άφησα στην άκρη για αρκετό καιρό την πιθανότητα αγοράς του. Όμως το βρήκα σήμερα με γερή έκπτωση, είπα "δεν πάει στο διάολο", και έτσι το αγόρασα. Και, πραγματικά, χαίρομαι πάρα πολύ που το έκανα, μιας και απόλαυσα κάθε ξεχωριστή σελίδα, κάθε ξεχωριστή πρόταση.

Η νουβέλα αυτή ασχολείται με τον Α' Παγκόσ
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Atram_sinprisa
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
98 páginas le han servido a Echenoz para guiarnos en el tortuoso avance de la realidad cotidiana de la I Guerra Mundial. Con cuatro pinceladas logras tener una visión de conjunto de hasta qué punto un conflicto bélico trastoca un país, cada persona, animal o cosa. La forma de vida, de trabajo, la organización social y económica. Y lo hace a través de las vidas de cuatro jóvenes y sus circunstancias. Soberbia.
Katia Morim
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Le roman d'Echenoz parvient en quelques pages à décrire toutes les facettes de la Première guerre mondiale, du début à la fin. Si l'époque, maintes fois évoquée dans la littérature française, est admirablement mise en mots par touches successives à la manière des impressionnistes (mobilisation, équipement dépassé, aviation, alcool, tranchées, gaz, etc.), l'émotion nait du contraste violent avec les tableaux naturalistes qui ponctuent ce récit de la cruauté humaine.
Roviragrao
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lo que más me ha sorprendido y gustado de esta novela es la distancia emocional que toma el narrador respecto a los hechos. La primera guerra mundial nos resulta absurda y cruenta, pero como en cualquier otra situación las personas se adaptan y la vida sigue a pesar de todo. Creo que es un complemento perfecto a Sin novedad en el frente.
Frederiek
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wereld
Prachtig boek over de Eerste Wereldoorlog. Je leest het in twee uur uit, maar de beelden en personages die Echenoz schetst blijven je bij.
Straw
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What the hell was that?
alper
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Şaşkınım, bir daha, bir daha bakıyorum 65 sayfa mıydı bu kitap şimdi? Farklı çok değişik bir eser. Kısa öz. Ama dolu dolu. Savaşın yıkımını, iğrençliğini, o birbirine kırdırılan insanların gözünden çok çarpıcı bir şekilde ele alıyor.

Üslupta çok hoşuma gitti. Tam benim kalemim. Çok sert bir konudan bahsederken bir anda üslubunu çok yumuşatabiliyor (boğulmanın önüne de geçiyor böylece) sonra yine vitesi arttıyor ama bu anlatımı bozmuyor.

Şaşkınlığım geçmiyor, birkaç kere daha ele alacağım bu kitabı
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Jan
The novel ‘14’ by Jean Echenov is a valid report of a war invalide. Valid because of the density of the message. Invalide goed not only for the main character, but all the more for the circumstances: the naivety with which the men are sent into war, the unpreparedness of those youngsters, the painful proven manoeuvre for Charles to put him high up in the air, the fate of the soldiers, invalide is the material from the factory and last but not least: what about the future perspective of Anthime, ...more
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Born December 26 (some sources say 23), 1947, in Orange, France; son of Marc (a psychiatrist) and Annie (an engraver) Echenoz; children: Jerome Arthur. Education: Attended Université d'Aix en Provence and Université de Paris (Sorbonne).

He has published twelve novels to date and received about ten literary prizes, including the Prix Médicis 1983 for Cherokee, the Prix Goncourt 1999 for I'm Gone (J
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“Tutto questo è stato descritto migliaia di volte, e forse non vale la pena di soffermarsi su quest'opera sordida e fetida. D'altro canto, non è forse nemmeno utile, né molto sensato, paragonare la guerra a un'opera, oltretutto l'opera non ci piace granché, anche se come quest'ultima la guerra è grandiosa, enfatica, eccessiva, piena di fastidiose lungaggini, anche se fa altrettanto rumore e spesso, alla lunga, è piuttosto noiosa.” 0 likes
“Imbattersi un bel giorno, per caso, in un’oca disorientata rompeva la monotonia della zuppa fredda, della carne in scatola e del pane del giorno prima – il vino, invece, non era più un problema giacché ora veniva generosamente distribuito dall’intendenza insieme all’acquavite nella convinzione, tenacemente alimentato dallo Stato maggiore, che ubriacare il soldato contribuisca ad accrescerne il coraggio e, soprattutto, offuschi in lui la consapevolezza della sua condizione.” 0 likes
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