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The Comedy of Charleroi

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Translator  Douglas Gallagher
Language  French
Published in English  1973
Author  Pierre Drieu La Rochelle
Publisher  Éditions Gallimard
Country  France
Publication date  1934
Originally published  1934
Page count  251
Published in english  1973
Original title  La Comédie de Charleroi
Similar  Pierre Drieu La Rochelle books, Other books

The Comedy of Charleroi (French: La comédie de Charleroi) is a 1934 short story collection by the French writer Pierre Drieu La Rochelle. It consists of six loosely connected stories based on Drieu La Rochelle's experiences as a soldier during World War I. An English translation by Douglas Gallagher was published in 1973. The following paragraph is the simple synopsis of the plots in the book.

So began the battle of Charleroi, Belgium, August 21, 1914, in the first month of the (not so) Great War. Pierre Drieu La Rochelle, a 21-year-old, inexperienced French officer, was at first exhilarated, a fighting man at last, and then chastened by a shrapnel wound. Returning to the lines weeks later he was wounded again. After recovering from that he and other French soldiers joined the British in the Dardanelles, from which he was evacuated with amoebic dysentery. Recovered from that he joined a regiment at the Battle of Verdun to be so seriously wounded he was removed from active service. This slender volume (212 p) of short-story/memoirs is his looking back at some of the events, the men he knew, the ideas and emotions that swept through him.


  • "The Comedy of Charleroi" ("La comédie de Charleroi")
  • "A Living Dog Is Better than a Dead Lion" ("Le chien de l'écriture")
  • "Expedition to the Dardanelles" ("Le voyage des Dardanelles")
  • "The Infantry Officer" ("Le lieutenant de tirailleurs")
  • "The Deserter" ("Le déserteur")
  • "End of a War" ("La fin d'une guerre")
  • References

    The Comedy of Charleroi Wikipedia

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