During the Second World War, a unit of the German army of occupation in France was troubled by partisan activity and decided on reprisals against the town of Oradour. As a result of that decision, the name of that small place is known around the world.
In the novel, a former soldier, who was swept up by his unit against his will on that day, for he had a rendezvous with a woman with whom he intended to escape, nevertheless took part in the massacre; many years later, he returns to Oradour on a kind of pilgrimage of penance. The visit is oddly pleasurable and oddly disappointing–until he finds a physical clue that destroys his last hope that he can be innocent in his own eyes.
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David Hughes is the author of several novels, the best known of which are The Major, The Man Who Invented Tomorrow, and Memories of Dying.
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Book Description Constable, 1984. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0094655103