The Wound

The Wound

The Wound

The Wound


"Where is your wound?" asks Jean Genet in the lines Laurent Mauvignier uses as an epigraph to The Wound. By the time we have finished this four-part novel, we realize that for many the wound lies four decades back in "the Events" that people have tried to not talk about ever since: the Algerian War.

Chronicling the lives of two cousins--Bernard and Rabut--both in the present and at the time of the Algerian War of Independence in the 1960s, we get a full picture of the lasting effects this event had on the men who were involved. Through the fragments of their stories we see the whole history of the war: its atrocities, its horrors, and its hatreds. Mauvignier shows readers how the Algerian War, always present yet always repressed, has sickened the emotional and moral life of everyone it touched--and France itself, perhaps. The epigraph, like the novel, suggests that wounded men may even become the wound itself.


Nick Flynn

Afternoon. Evening. Night. Morning.

The Wound is a quiet novel with a war in the middle of it. We begin in a small French village on one semi-eventful day, a day when something that has been lurking below the surface of every other day— a tension from all that has been left unspoken— rises up for a moment in the form of a few wounding words and a thoughtless (sinister? premeditated?) act. Once that dark thread is plucked it leads us back to all we have tried to forget, all we have tried to leave behind. I say “we” because this is a novel that very quickly pulls us into its orbit. the narrator walks us through this incident and its aftermath and then rewinds the frames to when the protagonist, Bernard, was a young man in a war. Bernard came home from that war and he has become an outcast— unable to turn away from what had happened, or perhaps the pressure . . .

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