Join us

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Newsletter

Laurent Gaudé

Hear Our Defeats

Cover: Hear Our Defeats - Laurent Gaudé

Laurent Gaudé

Hear Our Defeats

2019, pp. 224, Paperback
ISBN: 9781609455002
Translated by: Alison Anderson
Region: France
Available as ebook Available as ebook Available as ebook
$ 17.00

The book

From the winner of the Prix Goncourt

Timely and provocative, Hear Our Defeats is a novel about the battles that define us. The battles lost, won, and those still being fought.

A French intelligence officer, Assem, is tasked with tracking down a former member of the U.S. Special Forces suspected of drug trafficking during the War in Afghanistan. En route to Beirut he shares a night with Miriam, an Iraqi archaeologist, who is in a race against time to save ancient artifacts across the Middle East from the destruction wreaked by ISIS.

Woven into these two forceful, gripping storylines are stylish meditations on humankind’s bellicose history: Hannibal’s failed march on Rome and the burning of his fleet on the waters of the Mediterranean; Grant’s pursuit of the Confederates into rural Virginia; Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Courthouse; and Emperor Haile Selassie’s swift retreat from Ethiopia. All turning points in world history, each showing a different facet of how nations and individuals face defeat.

Gaudé writes with a riveting immediacy, seamlessly taking the reader across the battlefields of our past to reflect upon the implications of conflicts being waged today.

The author

Laurent Gaudé
Laurent Gaudé is a French novelist and playwright. After being nominated for the 2002 Prix Concourt with The Death of King Tsongor, he won the award in 2004 for his novel The House of Scorta. Europa Editions published his novel Hear Our Defeats in February 2019.

Press

From the same country

  • Cover: The Writer's Cats - Muriel Barbery

    Muriel Barbery

    The Writer's Cats

    2021, pp. 80, $ 17.00
    From the best-selling author of The Elegance of the Hedgehog comes this delightful, delicate tale that pays tribute to the poetry of the everyday,...
  • Cover: Suiza - Bénédicte Belpois

    Bénédicte Belpois

    Suiza

    2021, pp. 224, $ 17.00
    How transformative can love actually be? Across the Galician countryside, where there are just as many rain-soaked days as not, villagers...
  • Cover: The Storm of Echoes Book Four of the Mirror Visitor Quartet - Christelle Dabos

    Christelle Dabos

    The Storm of Echoes
    Book Four of the Mirror Visitor Quartet

    2021, pp. 528, $ 20.00
    “The Mirror Visitor stands on the same shelf as Harry Potter.”— ELLE Magazine The gripping finale to Christelle Dabos’s international...
  • Cover: The Passenger: Paris - AA.VV.

    AA.VV.

    The Passenger: Paris

    2021, pp. 192, $ 22.00
    Fully-illustrated, The Passenger collects the best new writing, photography, art and reportage from around the world. IN THIS VOLUME:...
  • Cover: A Single Rose - Muriel Barbery

    Muriel Barbery

    A Single Rose

    2021, pp. 160, $ 22.00
    From the best-selling author of The Elegance of the Hedgehog comes a story about a woman's journey to discover the father she never knew and a...
  • Cover: The Double Mother - Michel Bussi

    Michel Bussi

    The Double Mother

    2021, pp. 480, $ 18.00
    From the author of the “wonderfully ingenious” (Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review) novel After The Crash comes a brilliant...

More suggestions

  • Cover: Shadowplay - Joseph O’Connor

    Joseph O’Connor

    Shadowplay

    2021, pp. 400, $ 16.95
    Shadowplay by New York Times best-selling author, Joseph O’Connor, is set during the golden age of West End theater in a London shaken by...
  • Cover: Remote Sympathy - Catherine Chidgey

    Catherine Chidgey

    Remote Sympathy

    2021, pp. 464, $ 26.00
    Moving away from Munich isn’t nearly as wrenching an experience for Frau Greta Hahn as she had feared. Their new home is even lovelier than the...
  • Cover: In the Shadow of the Fire - Hervé Le Corre

    Hervé Le Corre

    In the Shadow of the Fire

    2021, pp. 480, $ 27.00
    In the Shadow of the Fire traces the Communards’ tragic odyssey, while following a breathless criminal investigation.
  • Cover: Tonight is Already Tomorrow - Lia Levi

    Lia Levi

    Tonight is Already Tomorrow

    2021, pp. 224, $ 18.00
    “A gripping story of childhood during Fascism.”— Rai Cultura “The storytelling is vivid and accessible, engaging and compelling.
  • Cover: Cathedral - Ben Hopkins

    Ben Hopkins

    Cathedral

    2021, pp. 624, $ 28.00
    Ambitious, immersive, a remarkable feat of imagination, Cathedral tells a sweeping story about obsession, mysticism, art, and earthly desire.
  • Cover: All God’s Children - Aaron Gwyn

    Aaron Gwyn

    All God’s Children

    2020, pp. 400, $ 18.00
    All God’s Children is a historical epic that spans thirty years in the lives of three people who are trying to capture the American ideal of...

Join Our Newsletter and receive a FREE eBook!

Stay updated on Europa’s forthcoming releases, author tours and major news.

Are you a bookseller? Click here!

X