Roux the Bandit

André Chamson

This charming short novel tells the story of a man from the Cèvennes Mountains called Roux, who refuses to join the army at the outbreak of war in 1914. Instead, he flees and hides in the hills. The people of the valley condemn his desertion and they hope the police will find his hideout. But as the months and the years go by, and the horrors of th
Date Published :
September 2016
Publisher :
Casemate
Language:
English
Series :
Casemate Classic War Fiction
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781612004174
Pages : 112
Dimensions : 7.5 X 5.2 inches
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$12.95

Overview
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The Casemate Classic War Fiction Series publishers new editions of forgotten classics that perfectly capture their era.

Set deep in the mountains of southern France, this charming short novel tells the story of a man from the Cèvennes Mountains called Roux, who refuses to join the army at the outbreak of war in 1914. Instead, he flees and hides in the hills, only returning occasionally to the farm where he left his mother and sisters. The people of the valley condemn his desertion and they hope the police will find his hideout. But as the months and the years go by, and the horrors of the trenches become known, the local people start to understand Roux’s actions. Roux begins to appear in the village more often, helping out and explaining that his decision was taken out of respect for the Bible. His arrest at the end of the War is therefore met with sadness and regret. Chamson explores questions of perception, morality and conscience with a lightness of touch coupled with an atmospheric picture of life in a WWI era rural community.

About The Author
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André Chamson (1900-1983) was an archivist, museum curator, novelist and essayist. He was the founder-director of the journal Vendredi. After the Second World War he was a curator at the Musée du Petit Palais, and (from 1959 to 1971) director of the Archives de France. He was President of PEN International, the worldwide association of writers, from 1956 to 1959. He was elected to the Académie française in 1956. He set most of his stories in the Cèvennes, where he was born.

REVIEWS
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“While Roux the Bandit is a slender work, in its writing, its simplicity of construction and the exposition of the simple philosophy of a conscientious objector and the growing acceptance of his personal philosophy by his fellow villagers is a gem.”

- Stand To! The Journal of the Western Front Association

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