The spectacular sequel to The Battle, winner of the Prix Goncourt and the Grand Prix Roman de l'Académie Française, this stunning second volume of Patrick Rambaud's Napoleonic trilogy opens in September 1812 with the French army at the gates of Moscow. Exhausted and demoralized, they are only a quarter of the 400,000-strong force that crossed the river Niemen three months before. But the sight of this famous city feels like a triumph and a chance, at last, to enjoy a conqueror's spoils.Napoleon rides to the Dorogomilóv Gate expecting to be met by city elders bearing tokens of surrender, but no one appears; Moscow has been evacuated. Oblivious to their predicament, Napoleon sends to Paris for comic novels and imagines that it is only a matter of time before Tsar Alexander sues for peace. Finally, a month later, Napoleon gives up and the Grand Armée begins its tragic retreat. The French will endure their most brutal test as they lose over twenty thousand men due to fighting, the cold, and starvation.With the same pulse-quickening dramatic power he showed in The Battle, Rambaud brings this disastrous campaign to brilliant, near-hallucinatory life.
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|Grouping Author||rambaud patrick|
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|display_description||From the author of The Battle: A novel that brings French history to life as Napoleon moves in on Russia-where the ultimate test awaits. The French army stands at the gates of Moscow. Exhausted and demoralized, Napoleon's men are a mere fraction of the four-hundred-thousand-strong force that crossed the river Niemen in the summer, just three months earlier. Still, the sight of this famous city feels like a triumph and a chance, at last, to enjoy a conqueror's spoils. The emperor expects to be met by city elders bearing tokens of surrender, but no one appears-Moscow has been evacuated. Napoleon, oblivious to the predicament before him, sends to Paris for comic novels and imagines that it is only a matter of time before Tsar Alexander sues for peace . . .|
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Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815 -- Campaigns -- Russia -- Fiction
|title_full||The retreat / Patrick Rambaud ; translated from the French by William Hobson|
The retreat [electronic resource] Rambaud, Patrick.
Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815