A Boy in Winter (Hardback)Rachel Seiffert (author)
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Penned in with his fellow Jews, under threat of transportation, Ephraim anxiously awaits word of his two sons, missing since daybreak. Come in search of her lover, to fetch him home again, away from the invaders, Yasia must confront new and harsh truths about those closest to her.
Here to avoid a war he considers criminal, German engineer Otto Pohl is faced with an even greater crime unfolding behind the lines, and no-one but himself to turn to.
And in the midst of it all is the determined boy Yankel who will throw his and his young brother's chances of surviving to strangers.
A Boy In Winter is a story of hope when all is lost, and of mercy when the times have none.
'Blindness in this superb, delicately poised and deeply disturbing novel takes many forms' - The Financial Times
'Spellbinding evocation of fear and threat tinged with the possibility of hope and change, in wartime Ukraine.' - The Observer
'...her spare, beautiful prose is a joy to read.' - Helen Dunmore - The Guardian
'...pared back, precise prose, will stay with you for a very long time.' - Herald Scotland
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 390 g
Dimensions: 216 x 147 x 26 mm
A fine novel that locates small, flickering lights of hope in an otherwise desolate landscape -- Nick Rennison * Sunday Times *
Seiffert's cool tone never wavers - her spare, beautiful prose is a joy to read -- Helen Dunmore * Guardian *
Rachel Seiffert writes short, fast narratives about the big historical events that have shaped our time . . . The primal energy in this novel is a moral sore that will never heal. How could Seiffert's beloved Opa (grandad) not know what was going on? How, knowing, could he and her Oma not resist? Yet had they resisted, Seiffert would not be here, in 2017, to write for us. One closes this fine novel sensing the confused pain it must have caused Rachel Seiffert to write it -- John Sutherland * The Times *
Rachel Seiffert's new novel A Boy in Winter stretches over only three days, through which you encounter all the emotions of the time, horror and instinct for survival, family loyalty, and above all perhaps, bravery -- James Naughtie * BBC World TV *
Without wasting a word, Seiffert follows their journey with an implacable calm, although outrage lurks under the surface of every word * Literary Review *
Completely captures those times in a vivid, precise, captivating and terrible way -- Philippe Sands
Spare, elegant and devastating * Psychologies *
Rachel Seiffert writes short, fast narratives about historical events that have shaped our time. This latest, unsettling work centres on a small Ukrainian town, weeks after the German invasion in 1941 as the SS round up and murder the Jewish inhabitants. We follow runaway children, a German engineer with doubts about the Nazis, and a young Ukrainian who has to decide whether to collaborate. Moral choices and their consequences are brought to life on the page. The ending is particularly moving * The Times *
A spellbinding evocation of fear and threat tinged with the possibility of hope and change, -- Philippe Sands, author of East West Street * Observer *
Seiffert's writing is spare and atmospheric, perfectly paced to achieve the maximum effect of stillness yielding to panic, order giving way to violent disorder and, eventually, winter turning into spring * Times Literary Supplement *
The power of her writing comes not from emotional manipulation or verbal fireworks but from her marshaling of the sort of visual detail that makes her settings feel almost tangible, and from the bonds she builds between her wary characters . . . with A Boy in Winter, Seiffert has unleashed literature's unique power to analyze history's scroll, to let fiction judge * New York Times *
Rachel Seiffert's tale vividly evokes the Ukrainian landscape and the harrowing experiences of Jews at the hands of the Nazis -- James Marriott * The Times *
This year's standout novel -- Willy Maley * Herald *
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