The Officers' Ward (novel)

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The Officers' Ward
Author Marc Dugain
Original title La chambre des officiers
Country France
Language French
Genre War novel
Published 1998 by JC Lattès
Published in English
Pages 172 p.
ISBN 978-2-7096-1903-5
OCLC 40167608
LC Class PQ2664.U3479

The Officers' Ward (French, La chambre des officiers), is a novel by Marc Dugain, published in 1998 (1999 in English). It is supposedly based on the experiences of one of the author's own ancestors during World War I.

The novel was made into a film in 2001, directed by François Dupeyron and starring Eric Caravaca as the central character.


Adrien Fournier, a handsome lieutenant in the Engineers, is wounded on a simple reconnaissance mission on the first day of French involvement in the Great War. He is hit by a stray shell, which kills his fellow officers and his horse, and tears a tunnel through the centre of Adrien's face. Devastated and permanently disfigured, he spends the rest of the war in a hospital, in a maxillofacial unit, with a small group of others who have similar injuries—including a woman, Marguerite, who has been wounded while nursing at the Western Front. Adrien's palate and jaw are gradually reconstructed by pioneering plastic surgeons.

The novel follows the experiences of the group in the aftermath of the war and their subsequent lives, right up to World War II and beyond.