A Boy in Winter (Paperback)
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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 01/02/2018
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Three days in the life of a small Ukrainian town are rendered with stunning emotional detail in Seiffert’s account of survival in the face of Nazi atrocities. Cast in spare, fragile prose, A Boy in Winter resounds with hope amidst the darkness.

Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2018

'A spellbinding evocation of fear and threat tinged with the possibility of hope and change. Completely captures those times in a vivid, precise, captivating and terrible way.' - Philippe Sands, author of East West Street, Observer 

Early on a grey November morning in 1941, only weeks after the German invasion, a small Ukrainian town is overrun by the SS. Deft, spare and devastating, Rachel Seiffert's new novel tells of the three days that follow and the lives that are overturned in the process.

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.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781844089994
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 204 g
Dimensions: 126 x 202 x 16 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'A fine novel that locates small, flickering lights of hope in an otherwise desolate landscape.' - 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. 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 tale vividly evokes the Ukrainian landscape and the harrowing experiences of Jews at the hands of the Nazis.' - James Marriott, The Times

'Without wasting a word, Seiffert follows their journey with an implacable calm, although outrage lurks under the surface of every word.' - Literary Review

'A spellbinding evocation of fear and threat tinged with the possibility of hope and change. Completely captures those times in a vivid, precise, captivating and terrible way.'  - 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

'Seiffert's prose is not showy, but graceful and precise. The misery of the dank streets is relieved by flashes of light and humanity.' - The Economist 

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“Fear, Hatred and Cruelty v Courage, Love and Compassion . Moral dilemmas that make you think ...”

I admit to feeling rather puzzled by the title as this book follows several strands of narrative (with a wartime Ukrainian setting) and that of Yasia -a girl- was the standout one for me.

One strand of narrative... More

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