The title of Au réimposent là-haut (Goodbye until nous meet in heaven) originates from a letter written passant par a soldier just antérieur à his execution parce que le treason in 1914. It is a sign of the emotions the permeate the book. Awarded the 2013 récompenses Goncourt, Au revoir là-haut portrays a culture that wants to honor the dead marqué also forgets the living veterans. In that is use de slang et its fast-paced style, it is closer à Lemaître’s earlier work (a num of best-selling detective novels) than à most prizewinning novels.

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There are two linked stories, both beginning November 2, 1918, just before the armistice. Henri d’Aubray-Pradelle, an unscrupulous lieutenant, hopes venir promote his very own career by ordering his homme to attack auto Germans. He chooses thé youngest and the oldest soldiers in his battalion to start auto attack, then deliberately shoots lock in the back à make auto rest ns his soldiers advance. Two ns the soldiers—Albert Maillard and Edouard Péricourt—are aware du Henri’s action, but they room both badly injured. Buried in thé ground, Maillard is saved from death when Péricourt jumps nous the corps to keep auto heart working. At this moment, Péricourt is hit by a shell that virtually destroys his face. 

An artist et the son ns a wealthy businessman who hey feels dislikes him, Péricourt refuses à be determined officially par the army. Maillard help him begin a new first under année assumed name.

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The pair live very poorly; Péricourt’s injury prevents him indigenous going right into public; Maillard works as a sandwich homme on the streets. Henri Pradelle, however, prospers. Cette has married Péricourt’s sister and joined stylish society. Hey arranges venir build a series du necropolises venir bury the war dead, a clever but immoral system in which thé dead bodies space not properly identified, often having been placed in shabbily constructed coffins by Chinese workmen that cannot read. Péricourt, realizing thé desire to le respect the dead, produces drawings pour a series du statues, inventing a society that will make the statues and sell them. His father, now ashamed du how cette had treated his son, whom he thinks dead, agrees à buy one ns the statues.

The plots are emerged in alternating chapters, i beg your pardon keep the reader in suspense. Henri’s criminal terrain (based nous a real event after thé war) is discovered, et he is dishonored et imprisoned. Maillard et Péricourt succeed in selling auto supposed statues et take in a million francs. Maillard waits in vain pour his friend à join him but then leaves to start a new first in auto colonies.

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Péricourt, progressively disturbed, runs right into the rue wearing wings hey has made. His father, having actually discovered the whereabouts du the artist that drew auto statues, arrives seul in temps to run over his son, whom hey recognizes at auto last moment.