Magazine article Queen's Quarterly

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Magazine article Queen's Quarterly

From the Editor

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THIS ISSUE, "Childhood as an Image," explores the effect of war on several generations of children. On our cover, the young Monsieur Loulou depicted by Paul Gauguin is unusually sad, as were many of Gauguin's other portraits of a generation born after the devastating Franco-Prussian War. We then open with Testament of Youth, also a very sombre story as the heroine, a young British woman, has to learn to survive the loss of four of her most intimate companions, brothers and lovers, to finally convey a message of hope and reconciliation.

Jean-Jacques Hamm then shares with us the story of how, at the age of four, he witnessed the occupation of his native Alsatian village by German troops. For the young Hamm there were always two objectives: win and survive, until he soon realized that they would be only one. …

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