Colonel Chabert by Honore de Balzac

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A well-written and translated (by Andrew Brown) tale of a Napoleonic war hero who returns from the battlefield years after being left for dead only to discover the world he fought for — his wife, his emperor and his fortune — have gone. And he wants them back. Short novella or long short story, but moving and thought-provoking.

No. 47 of 100 books I intend to read and review in 2019.

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Patrick Sherriff publishes a monthly newsletter highlighting good fiction about Japan and featuring an original painting or sketch. He lives in Abiko, Japan, with his wife and two daughters.