The military cult classic with resonance to the wars in Iraq and Vietnam—now back in print When The Centurions was first published in. The military cult classic with resonance to the wars in Iraq and Vietnam – now back in print. When The Centurions was first published in , readers were. Jean Larteguy (the pen name of Jean Pierre Lucien Osty, ) spent time in prison in Spain in , the year I was born. He then joined.

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From the Trade Paperback edition. The lands, languages, uniforms, and personalities were different—but the themes and emotions were constant.

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It is a bitter indictment of a system. It has its moments lrteguy horror, depravity, violence. It has too its moments of perverted humor, of sensitivity, of poignancy.

The Centurions (Centurions , book 1) by Jean Lartéguy

It might be defined as a French The Naked and the Dead written with finesse and ghe and taste that the Mailer book lacked, but revealing in many ways a similar pattern as the soldier attempts to fit back into civilian life. Kaplan Translated by Xan Fielding Category: Also by Jean Larteguy.

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