The Burnt-Out Town of Miracles (Paperback)
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The Burnt-Out Town of Miracles (Paperback)

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Published: 05/10/2017
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'A compact and compelling novel by an iconic Norwegian writer...[and] thanks to Don Bartlett and Don Shaw's crisp translation, we see it obliquely' - Independent

Set in Finland in 1939, this is the story of one man who remains in his home town when everyone else has fled, burning down their houses in their wake, before the invading Russians arrive.

Timo remains behind because he can't imagine life anywhere else, doing anything else besides felling the trees near his home. This is a novel about belonging - a tale of powerful and forbidden friendships forged during a war, of unexpected bravery and astonishing survival instincts.

The Burnt-Out Town of Miracles
is not a novel about war, but about the lives of ordinary people dragged into war, each of whom only wants to find the path back home.

Roy Jacobsen uses the dramatic natural landscape of light and darkness, fire-blazing heat and life-robbing cold to spectacular effect.

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 9780857057976
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 154 g
Dimensions: 200 x 145 x 13 mm


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Jacobsen is fascinated by people clinging to their sense of belonging in the harshest conditions, and this is another short, intense and unforgettable work. - David Mills, Sunday Times.

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“The Burnt-out Town of Miracles”

A quiet, but strangly compelling novel which I knew nothing about before picking it up because of its mysterious looking cover. There is something very innocent and effortless about the writing which reminds me... More

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“Best sad story”

Beautifully written story of one man's ability to endure hardships, about unlikely friendships and wonderful loyalty. I found it un-put down able and I am very keen to read more from this author who I'd... More

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