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Heed our Defeats (Écoutez nos défaites)



Original Language: French | 288 pp. | August 2016

2 Seas Represents: Dutch and Nordic rights.

Rights sold: Portugal (Porto editora/Sextante), Italy (E/O edizioni), Spain (Sureda57 libros – Castillan), USA (Europa Editions), Arabic (Dar Al Mada).

Over 100,000 copies sold.


Assem, a wearied French intelligence officer, is sent to Beirut in search of a former member of the elite American commandos suspected of trafficking. He meets Mariam, an Iraqi archaeologist trying to save treasures from the museums of bombed cities. The brevity of their time together is matched only by the seismic power of its impact. Their separate paths mirror each other and are punctuated by the epic tales of past heroes – General Grant crushing the Confederates, Hannibal marching on Rome, Haile Selassie standing up to fascist invaders…

A troubled, melancholy novel that asserts the inanity of every war, and proclaims that only humanity and beauty are worth dying for.