Frank Lawton

Bridge Too Far

Tell Them of Battles, Kings and Elephants


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What is perhaps most striking about Tell Them of Battles, Kings and Elephants is its slightness. The latest work to appear in English by Mathias Enard – the heavily garlanded darling of French letters – is something of a departure from previous offerings. Whether it’s the monolithic heft of the 500-page, single-sentence Zone or the Prix Goncourt-winning Compass, we’ve become used to associating Enard with a broader publishing trend: the multipurpose literary novel that you can either read or use as a doorstop. Tell Them of Battles is an all-round thinner affair, and not merely because of its length.

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