By Jean Echenoz
5 Frenchmen burst off to conflict, of them forsaking a undeniable younger lady who longs for his or her go back. however the major personality in 1914 is the good battle itself. Jean Echenoz, the multi–award–winning French literary magician whose paintings has been in comparison to Joseph Conrad and Lawrence Sterne, has introduced that deathtrap again to existence, top us lightly from a balmy summer time day deep into the insatiable—and nonetheless unthinkable—carnage of trench warfare.
With the delicacy of a miniaturist and with irony either witty and clear–eyed, the writer bargains us an intimate epic with the ambience of a vintage motion picture: within the landscape of a transparent blue sky, a biplane spirals all at once into the floor; a tardy piece of shrapnel shears the head off a man's head as though it have been a soft–boiled egg; we dawdle dreamily in a spring–scented clearing with a lonely shell–shocked soldier walking innocently to a firing squad able to shoot him for desertion.
But eventually, the grace notes of humanity in 1914 upward thrust above the terrors of battle during this fantastically crafted story that Echenoz tells with discretion, precision, and love.
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In 1888, Elizabeth Stride, generally considered to have been murdered by Jack the Ripper, was killed in a street close to Batty Street. A man named Israel Schwartz claimed to have witnessed a woman, whom he identified as Stride, being assaulted just outside the gates leading to a passage where, fifteen minutes later, her body was found. ’ but what he meant was unclear. 17 Most of the Whitechapel murder cases fell to Baxter, and he gained undeserved notoriety for advancing the theory that the murders were committed in order to obtain the victims’ internal organs.
But why? There are a number of reasons, but timing must surely be high on the list. As we have just seen, the political and economic development of the East End of London meant the area was very much on people’s minds at exactly the time that it became the killing ground of Jack the Ripper. 39 However, with casual, irregular prostitution a necessity for some, the number of women willing to sell themselves to make ends meet was likely to have been much higher even than that. 40 Perhaps the most important medium was the popular press.
38 It is truly a phenomenon. But why? There are a number of reasons, but timing must surely be high on the list. As we have just seen, the political and economic development of the East End of London meant the area was very much on people’s minds at exactly the time that it became the killing ground of Jack the Ripper. 39 However, with casual, irregular prostitution a necessity for some, the number of women willing to sell themselves to make ends meet was likely to have been much higher even than that.
1914 (UK Edition) by Jean Echenoz