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Barroux (Illustrated By): Line of Fire: Diary of an Unknown Soldier

Magazine article School Librarian

Barroux (Illustrated By): Line of Fire: Diary of an Unknown Soldier

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Barroux (illustrated by)

Line of Fire: Diary of an Unknown Soldier

Translated by Sarah Ardizzone

Phoenix Yard, 2014, pp96, 10.99 [pounds sterling]

978 1 907912 39 9

A bit of a curiosity this. It looks like a graphic novel but it is, in fact, a non-fiction book. Barroux, a French illustrator found the diary of a French soldier of 1914 in a pile of junk emptied out from a basement in Paris. We do not know who the writer was or if he survived the war. We do know from his diary that he was married with a family, to whom he was devoted, and lived in Paris. It covers the period from the outbreak of war on 3 August and finishes on 12 September 1914. This covers the period of mobile warfare when the French were retreating in the face of the German invasion until the Battle of the Marne halted the German advance.

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Barroux has turned the diary into a graphic novel-style narrative. …

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