Wednesday July 19, 2017
Ekphrasis – A Monthly Book Club About Art (Open Meeting)
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
War & Turpentine: A Novel by Stefan Hertmans
“The life of Urbain Martien—artist, soldier, survivor of World War I—lies contained in two notebooks he left behind when he died in 1981. In War and Turpentine, his grandson, a writer, retells his grandfather’s story, the notebooks providing a key to the locked chambers of Urbain’s memory.
With vivid detail, the grandson recounts a whole life: Urbain as the child of a lowly church painter, retouching his father’s work;dodging death in a foundry; fighting in the war that altered the course of history; marrying the sister of the woman he truly loved; being haunted by an ever-present reminder of the artist he had hoped to be and the soldier he was forced to become.”
Menu: Grilled Chicken over New Southern Succotash, Sweet Corn, Black Eyed Peas, Grape Tomatoes, and Cucumbers over Mixed Greens with an Herb Vinaigrette, Cookie
Led by Alice Novak