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We are very excited to announce that Erwin Mortier’s breathtaking exploration of the legacy of war – winner of AKO Literature Award – is out now, available for the first time in English. The books follows the story of Helena who, as an old woman, turns to the past, filling notebook after notebook, trying to recapture the intensity of her life experience. She recalls the summer of 1914 when her family’s stately, bourgeois life fell to ruin. And how, amongst the devastation and chaos of the First World War, she experienced a form of liberation, with the arrival of a young British photographer who transformed her existence. As the novel moves between Helena’s life as an aged dependent, and her memories of the passions, freedoms and adversities of youth, it poses important questions about our ability to face the past, to communicate the horror of war and to describe the indescribable. It is a moving portrait of the impact of past events on current experience, and the shadows of those we have lost, who remain ever present in our lives. To read an extract click here or to buy your copy click here 'A beautifully unorthodox novel of the Great War... a kaleidoscopic palette' Independent 'Almost too beautiful a writer... the footprint of Proust visible on every page' Financial Times ‘Visceral and heart-stopping... deeply and painfully moving... one of the finest war stories ever written'  NewBooks 'A monumental, phenomenal book' De Morgen 'Mortier writes so well that you are inclined to see everything else as of secondary importance' NRC Handelsblad ‘An astonishing book’ Frankfurt Allgemeine Zeitung 'Splendid control of language' de Volkskrant 'If Marcel Proust had a descendant somewhere in Flanders, he must have been born in Ghent' Knack 'The author skilfully reconstructs the crepuscular atmosphere of an era that ends with the shipwreck of a civilisation, but, paradoxically, also with the sensual awakening of a young girl' Figaro 'Threads the heavy folds of history with the needle of poetic sensibility' Livres hebdo ''Multi-layered' is too bland a word for this subtle, sophisticated novel, which moves between different times with such aplomb that the reader never loses the thread’ Buchmarkt