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The language of birds : a novel

Author: Norbert Scheuer; Stephen Brown; Erasmus Scheuer
Publisher: London : Haus Publishing Ltd, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
"It is 2003, and Paul Arimond is serving as a paramedic in Afghanistan. The twenty-four-year-old has no illusions of becoming a hero. Rather, he has chosen the army to escape the tragedies of his past and his own feelings of guilt. As a result, he finds himself in the same land, now war-torn, where an ancestor of his, Ambrosius Arimond, a late eighteenth-century traveler and ornithologist, once explored and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: War fiction
Diary fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Document, Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Norbert Scheuer; Stephen Brown; Erasmus Scheuer
ISBN: 9781910376669 1910376663
OCLC Number: 1100587013
Language Note: Translated to English from the German.
Notes: "First published in German as Die Sprache der Vögel, © Verlag C.H.Beck oHG, München 2015"--Title page verso.
Subtitle from cover.
Description: 1 online resource (vi, 31 pages) : illustrations
Other Titles: Sprache der Vögel.
Responsibility: Norbert Scheuer ; translated by Stephen Brown ; illustrations by Erasmus Scheuer.

Abstract:

"It is 2003, and Paul Arimond is serving as a paramedic in Afghanistan. The twenty-four-year-old has no illusions of becoming a hero. Rather, he has chosen the army to escape the tragedies of his past and his own feelings of guilt. As a result, he finds himself in the same land, now war-torn, where an ancestor of his, Ambrosius Arimond, a late eighteenth-century traveler and ornithologist, once explored and developed the theory of a universal language of birds. As visceral horrors and everyday banalities of the war threaten to engulf Paul, he, like his great-great-grandfather, finds his very own refuge in Afghanistan's natural world. In a diary filled with exquisite drawings of birds and ruminations on the life he left behind, Paul describes his experiences living with two comrades and his befriending of an Afghan man, Nassim, as well as his dreams of escaping the restrictive base camp and visiting the shores of a lake visible from the lookout tower. But when he finally reaches the lake one night, he finds himself in the midst of a chain of events that, with his increasingly fragile state of mind, has dramatic and ultimately heartbreaking consequences. A meditative novel that shows a new side to the conflict in Afghanistan, The Language of Birds takes a moving look at the all-too-human costs of war and questions what it truly means to fight for freedom."--Provided by publisher

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