Line of Fire Diary of an Unknown Soldier August - September 1914 by Barroux
  

Line of Fire Diary of an Unknown Soldier August - September 1914

Written by Barroux

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Line of Fire is one of the most extraordinary - and beautiful - books about the First World War. This diary of an unknown French soldier tells of his experiences in the very early days of the fighting at the Front. Told as a matter-of-fact catalogue of events, it records the strange journey from normal civilian life into the life of a solder with all the hardship that brings. While there is no wallowing in all the unpleasantness that he sees, its impact is strongly felt. Through Barroux’s wonderful illustrations readers emphasise absolutely with the soldier’s experience.

Astonishingly, the book was found completely by chance on a Paris street by author-illustrator Barroux. He rescued the diary from the rubbish, took it back to his studio and, moved and inspired by the soldier’s story, adapted the soldier’s diary into a striking and unforgettable black and white graphic novel.

In the words of Michael Morpurgo, who has written a special introduction to the book, this is ‘a witness statement, the untrammelled, unedited voice of someone who was there.’

Synopsis

Line of Fire Diary of an Unknown Soldier August - September 1914 by Barroux

The diary begins in August 1914 with the outbreak of World War 1. The last entry is 12th September the same year. We don’t know what happened to the soldier.

‘We need the voice of a witness to tell the unadulterated truth. We have it in this remarkable book.’ Michael Morpurgo.


Visit www.lineoffirebook.com for a wealth of information about this extraordinary book, with useful teaching resources and a blog including a full interview with Barroux.

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‘We need the voice of a witness to tell the unadulterated truth. We have it in this remarkable book.’ Michael Morpurgo.

About the Author

Barroux

Barroux studied photography, art, sculpture, and architecture in France at the famous École Estienne and École Boule. He went on to work as an art director in Paris and Montreal. While in Montreal, Barroux began illustrating by creating linocut images, and he is now well known for his children’s book illustrations.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
96 pages

Author

Barroux
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Author's Website

www.barroux.info/

Publisher

Phoenix Yard Books

Publication date

1st February 2014

ISBN

9781907912399

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