Strong meat, so watch your market. Macabre and inordinately brutal, but done with such vigor and color and skill in narration that those who can take it will like it. The story of a French officer who has been wounded in Macedonia, cared for by a woman doctor, Lena, held captive in a Bulgarian sector and moved from town to town as the line advances or retreats. Through mountains, villages -- facing hunger, death, slaughter. He escapes -- finds Lena again -- becomes involved in the atrocities of an Albanian raid -- poses as an Albanian, dragging the woman as rightful booty through the streets. And suddenly, when all seems clear, four years' piled up horror unbalances him completely and he tries to rape her, is repulsed and shoots her. A duel is the outcome -- and the story starts and ends on the eve of his death.