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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
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 103 g
Dimensions: 195 x 130 x 5 mm
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