War and Turpentine - III (Pages 225-255) Summary & Analysis

Stefan Hertmans
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Sitting at his desk in 1976, Urbain tries to write down his thoughts about Maria Emelia, his lost love, but the heat prevents him doing so and he has run out of paper. After the war, the victory was celebrated gloriously, but the death of Christian morals was felt in the aftermath of the horrors, and the soldiers returned home traumatized and disillusioned. The enchantment of Old Europe had fallen away and people were forced to face the depravity of the war. Celine has moved houses after marrying Henri, and from the view of the window, Urbain sees Maria Emelia for the first time. He approaches the house and is embraced as a son. Maria meets Celine soon and the two women who look so much like each other with their black hair and proud eyes appraise and accept each other. Urban and...

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