Coup de Grace

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Set in the Baltic provinces in the aftermath of World War I, Coup de Grace tells the story of an intimacy that grows between three young people hemmed in by civil war: Erick, a Prussian fighting with the White Russians against the Bolsheviks; Conrad, his best friend from childhood; and Sophie, whose unrequited love for Conrad becomes an unbearable burden.

Set in the Baltic Provinces in the aftermath of W.W. I, the novel portrays three people surrounded by danger and...

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Overview

Set in the Baltic provinces in the aftermath of World War I, Coup de Grace tells the story of an intimacy that grows between three young people hemmed in by civil war: Erick, a Prussian fighting with the White Russians against the Bolsheviks; Conrad, his best friend from childhood; and Sophie, whose unrequited love for Conrad becomes an unbearable burden.

Set in the Baltic Provinces in the aftermath of W.W. I, the novel portrays three people surrounded by danger and struggling with destitution and solitude, but involved even more in the ardors and upheavals of youth itself.

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"The eerie effect of [Yourcenar's] prose . . . is all the more extraordinary in that she was not present in Lithuania in the years immediately following World War I. Her accomplishment is like that of Stephen Crane in The Red Badge of Courage or Stendahl's in the Waterloo chapters of The Charterhouse of Parma." —Louis Auchincloss, The New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374516314
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 5/1/1981
  • Pages: 164
  • Sales rank: 639,063
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Marguerite Yourcenar (1903-87) wrote plays, stories, poems, and novels, notable Memoirs of Hadrian. She was the first woman to be elected to the Academie Francaise.

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