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The Return of the Soldier

Francine Stock concludes her epic journey through the cultures of the Great War with Chagall in Vitebsk, Elgar at a loss and Rebecca West's first novel of a soldier's return.

Francine Stock concludes her 4 year exploration of how artists responded to World War One. As the war enters its final deadly year Marc Chagall becomes Cultural Commissar of Vitebsk, Isaac Babel sends fevered dispatches from revolutionary Petrograd & everyone asks Elgar what music he will write for the Armstice. Meanwhile young novelist Rebecca West makes her literary debut with the Return of the soldier whilst a desperate Stanley Spencer longs for his return to his beloved Cookham amongst the killing fields of Salonika.

Producer: Mark Burman.

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28 minutes