The Living Unknown Soldier

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The remarkably powerful and moving true story of a soldier who lost his memory and identity during World War I, and of a people in mourning, who found in him the symbol of a lost generation.

Released from a German POW camp with no memory of his name or his past life and no documents or distinguishing marks to identify him, the soldier was given the name Anthelme Mangin, and sent to an asylum for the insane. With the end of the Great War, a newspaper advertisement placed in the hope of finding his lost family found instead a bereaved multitude ready to claim him as the father, son, husband or brother who had never come home.

With humane sympathy and the skill of a novelist, Jean Yves Le Naour meticulously recreates the twenty-year court battles waged over the Living Unknown Soldier. Poignant, psychologically penetrating, and profoundly revealing of the human cost of war, this remarkable book portrays not just the fate of one individual but a nation's inconsolable post-war grief and profoundly illuminates the nature of mourning.

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A true story of a soldier who lost his memory and identity during World War I, and of a people in mourning, who found in him the symbol of a lost generation. Revealing of the human cost of war, this book portrays not just the fate of one individual but a nation's inconsolable post-war grief and illuminates the nature of mourning.

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"'Fascinating and moving... Le Naour tells [Mangin's story] with judicious precision and admirable lack of sentiment...with impressive and unobtrusive scholarship and exemplary lucidity... In closing the book one is left with a feeling of great sadness and an abiding, useless rage against warfare.' William Boyd in the Sunday Times"

"This hauntingly emblematic story reads like something Sebald would have taken up and absorbed." ( Telegraph)

"'A wonderful book: measured, meticulous and full of empathy' Rachel Seiffert"

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'Irresistible... The Living Unknown Soldier is a book which grabs the reader by the lapels and never lets go. After I finished it, I found myself repeatedly manufacturing opportunities to tell my friends about it.' Scotland on Sunday

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"'Written with poetic economy and terse understatement, The Living Unknown Soldier will surely become one of the classic accounts of modern warfare... Mangin's is one of the saddest stories of the pity of war that is ever likely to be written.' Trevor Royle in the Sunday Herald"

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