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The Red Collar

The Red Collar

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"A beautifully memorable and unusual story about war and what it does to us" from the bestselling author and founder of Doctors Without Borders (The Independent).

In 1919, in a small town in the province of Berry, France, under the crushing heat of summer, a war hero is being held prisoner in an abandoned barracks. In front of the door to his prison, a mangy dog barks night and day. Miles from where he is being held, in the French countryside, a young extraordinarily intelligent woman works the land, waiting and hoping. A judge whose principles have been sorely shaken by the war is traveling to an unknown location to sort out certain affairs of which it is better not to speak.
Three characters. In their midst, a dog who holds the key both to their destinies and to this intriguing plot.
Full of poetry and life, The Red Collar is at once a delightfully simple narrative about the human spirit and a profound work about loyalty and love.

"A superbly crafted little gem that does everything a novel can do in less than 150 pages . . . It's a lucky reader who gets to experience the power of The Red Collar."--Shelf Awareness

"A graceful, unpretentious little miracle, a morality play of immense skill."--The Irish Times

"In The Red Collar, a delicate and poetic novel, Rufin examines that which makes us human."--L'express (France)

"Without special effects, with simplicity and the pure pleasure of telling a story, Jean-Christophe Rufin explores the meaning of faithfulness, loyalty, and honor."--Le Figaro (France)

Author: Jean-Christophe Rufin
Publisher: Europa Editions
Published: 07/21/2015
Pages: 160
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.45lbs
Size: 8.20h x 5.30w x 0.60d
ISBN: 9781609452735
Age Range: 18-UP

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 05/15/2015
Library Journal 06/01/2015 pg. 94
Shelf Awareness 08/04/2015

About the Author
Jean-Christophe Rufin is one of the founders of Doctors Without Borders and a former Ambassador of France in Senegal. He has written numerous bestsellers, including The Abyssinian, for which he won the Goncourt Prize for a debut novel in 1997. He also won the Goncourt Prize in 2001 for Brazil Red.

Adriana Hunter is a British translator of French Literature. She is known for translating more than fifty French novels, such as Fear and Trembling by Amélie Nothomb or The Girl Who Played Go by Shan Sa. In 2011 she won the Scott Moncrieff prize for her translation of Véronique Olmi's Beside the Sea.
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