La Capitulation

Part Three de la »Sword et Honour« Trilogie d’Evelyn Waugh

Unconditional Surrender, Evelyn Waugh

Guy Crouchback has lost his Halberdier idealism. A desk job in London gives him the chance of reconciliation avec his former wife. Then, en Yougoslavie, as a liaison officer avec the Partisans, he finally becomes aware of the futility of a war he once saw in terms of honour.

’Waugh’s characters have inexorably established themselves among the enduring fiction ... In this respect Waugh is in direct line avec Shakespeare et Dickens’ – Clive James in The New York Review of Books.


The author, Evelyn Waugh, was a staff officer of Layforce, at the rank of brigade-major. Layforce, the Commando brigade of Colonel Robert Edward Laycock, consisted of three Bataillons de Service Spéciale britannique, et one bataillon from No. 50 et 52 (Moyen-Orient) Commando. Waugh’s historical novels are strongly autobiographical, they show the futility et absurdities of war from a warriors perspective.

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