A Meal in Winter (Paperback)
  • A Meal in Winter (Paperback)

A Meal in Winter (Paperback)

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Published: 04/09/2014
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Three German soldiers are suddenly forced to examine their consciences whilst hunting down an escaped Jew in this masterfully constructed, powerful novella set in wintry WW2 Poland.

One morning, in the dead of winter, three German soldiers head out into the frozen Polish countryside. They have been charged by their commanders to track down and bring back for execution 'one of them' - a Jew.

Having flushed out a young man hiding in the woods, they decide to rest in an abandoned house before continuing their journey back to the camp. As they prepare food, they are joined by a passing Pole whose virulent anti-Semitism adds tension to an already charged atmosphere.

Before long, the group's sympathies begin to splinter as each man is forced to confront his own conscience as the moral implications of their murderous mission become clear.

Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 9781846275364
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 103 g
Dimensions: 195 x 130 x 5 mm


The most moving book I have read for a long time... Mingarelli's spare language is well suited to this luminous tale... he accomplishes a great deal - Peter Carty, Independent on Sunday

The "banality of evil" finds beautiful, spare expression in this remarkable novella - Ian McEwan

A masterpiece - Independent

In its modest duration and economical prose, [this book] communicates more than most novels twice or three times its length... Praise is due to the translator, Sam Taylor, who appears to have weighed every word with supreme care, capturing the rhythm of a measured tread through the icy landscape... Brave and original... a masterpiece - Alastair Mabbott, Herald

A sparse, beautiful and shocking novel that finds a more intimate route into the Holocaust - Ian McEwan, the Sunday Times

Mingarelli's lapidary tale of awakened conscience unites historical events with the mood of a forest fairy-tale.... Brief, elegant, quietly lyrical yet driven by an inward fire - Boyd Tonkin, Independent

Superb... The prose, elegantly translated by Sam Taylor, is full of rich visual descriptions... Enormously powerful and moving - David Evans, Independent on Sunday

So memorable, so dark, so humane, it deserves to be read all over Europe. A masterpiece of empathy and horror - Jane Housham, Guardian

One of the most quietly shattering novels I've read - Cynan Jones, author, The Dig

Deliver[s] a powerful punch - Lucy Popescu, Books of the Year, Tablet

Beautiful and disturbing... complex and surprising - Mark Smith, Herald

This strong and simple story packs a mighty punch - Kate Saunders, The Times

Superb and devastating - Luke Brown, author, My Biggest Lie

Chilling... From the first lines one is taken somewhere one would never wish to go, thanks to the clear, direct style, and the brilliant dialogue... impossible to put down - Libération

The tragedy of the holocaust has rarely been better told than in this short tale, resonant with sadness and poetry - La Vie

This new novel by Mingarelli doesn't offer any miracles, but his story of wretched humanity revived around a piping hot dish shows once more the greatness of an incredibly unassuming author. Breathtaking - Pelerin

The prose draws you in... Starkly realistic - Rachel Dunn, Cambridge News

This is Mingarelli at his best. A story delivered with restraint, in hushed, sensitive prose. Perfect - La Montagne

A gem of a novel, slight but so powerful - Bookseller

Mingarelli find[s] new ways - oblique, lyrical, humane - to address the Nazi past - Boyd Tonkin, Independent

Masterly and necessary... no intervening hand is noticeable in Sam Taylor's rendering of Mingarelli - Lesley Chamberlain, TLS

Devastating... Crisply translated by Sam Taylor - Arifa Akbar, Independent

It's a brave novelist who sets out to tell a Holocaust tale from the point of view of the would-be executioner but this is what Mingarelli does with great skill and admirable subtlety. A breathtaking lesson in brevity - Monocle

A fascinating, compelling vignette from Nazi-occupied Poland explored by a masterful storyteller - Paddy Kehoe, RTE

A narrative of bleak genius - Eileen Battersby, Irish Times

138 profound pages of horror and humanity - John Kelly ‘Book of the year’, Irish Times

I so recommend this brilliant, devastating, compelling WW2 novel - Simon Sebag Montefiore

Mingarelli's writing possesses a deceptive simplicity, and the novella proceeds so quietly that one is almost unprepared when the spectre of genocide intrudes upon it - Wall Street Journal

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“Thought Provoking Read”

This book had been calling out for me to buy it for some time.

It is only a very small book (novella perhaps), it is however very powerful.

The decisions made in this story by the soldiers will stay with me for a... More

Paperback edition
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Catriona at Waterstones Head Office

“a good bookclub choice”

I read this only because of its inclusion in the waterstones bookclub and I can absolutely see why it would be picked. It's a keenly observed WW2 novella with a group of everyman characters presented with an... More

Paperback edition
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“WWII novella”

This short novel (135 pages) deals with three German soldiers trying to avoid staying in camp in Poland where they possibly would have to shoot Jews. Instead they wangle an opportunity to go out on patrol to find any... More

Paperback edition
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