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Mirror of our Sorrows

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18th January 2024

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“Tremendous and enjoyable”La Libre Belgique
“A great success”La Croix

April, 1940. Louise Belmont runs naked down the boulevard du Montparnasse. To understand the traumatic scene she has just witnessed, she will have to plunge headlong into the madness of the Phoney War, as France, seized by the panic of a new European conflict, descends into chaos.

Louise navigates this period of enormous upheaval in parallel with her fellow citizens – including Maginot Line conscripts Raoul and Gabriel, bistro-owner Monsieur Jules and confidence trickster Désiré Migault. The looming threat of German occupation uncovers long-buried secrets and makes for strange bedfellows, as one extraordinary twist of fate follows another.

With characteristic wit and verve, Pierre Lemaitre chronicles the fall of a nation crushed by circumstance. The final novel in his award-winning trilogy is an incandescent tale that veers from the tragic to the burlesque.

Translated from the French by Frank Wynne

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La Croix
A great success
Lemaitre's new historical chronicle possesses the desperate irony that made the early volumes so successful
Le Journal de Quebec
Pierre Lemaitre brings his brilliant interwar trilogy to a close
La Libre Belgique
Tremendous and enjoyable
Le Monde
Great characters and a roaring pace
Le Soir
Financial Times
A vibrant tapestry of a decayed and defeated France