Land of the Living (Hardback)
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Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 01/11/2018
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A profound masterpiece on war, loss and survival set in Nagaland, India during the Second World War, by the Orange Prize-shortlisted author of Painter of Silence 'Vivid, illuminating and unbearably tense ... A masterly meditation on trauma, on beauty, on the idea of home and the limits of love' Guardian Charlie's experiences at the Battle of Kohima and the months he spent lost in the remote jungles of Nagaland during the Second World War are now history. Home and settled on a farm in Norfolk and newly married to Claire, he is one of the lucky survivors. Starting a family and working the land seem the best things a man can be doing. But a chasm exists between them. Memories flood Charlie's mind; at night, on rain-slicked roads and misty mornings in the fields, the past can feel more real than the present. Though hidden even to himself, the darkest secrets of Charlie's adventures in the strange and shadowy ridges of the Nagaland mountains, his dream-like encounters with the mysterious and ancient tribesmen, leak and bleed through his consciousness. What should be said and what left unsaid? Is it possible to forge a new life in the wake of unfathomable horror? A beautifully conceived, deftly controlled and delicately wrought meditation on the isolating impact of war, the troubling legacies of colonialism and the inescapable reach of the past, Georgina Harding's haunting, lyrical novel questions the very nature of survival, and what it is that the living owe the dead.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408896242
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 366 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm


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Vivid, illuminating and unbearably tense, Land of the Living is a masterly meditation on trauma, on beauty, on the idea of home and the limits of love * Guardian *
A masterly novel of grief and conflict ... Audacious and moving ... What it means to be civilised and behave with decency are questions raised throughout this fine novel * Sunday Times *
The quiet power of Georgina Harding's novel lies in how she conveys with such bruising lyricism the way language fails ... when trying to describe the unimaginable ... Land of the Living is a moving testament to the battle that starts once the fighting has stopped * The Times *
A quietly powerful novel * Observer *
Remarkable and rare * Daily Mail *
Elegant and precise, Georgina Harding wonderfully describes Charlie's sense of dislocation, his emotional unease and the impossibility of communicating complex feelings to those who haven't experienced war * Sunday Express *
Tremendously imaginative, really compassionate ... Manages to make them almost tangibly real, really immersive -- Frances Macmillan * BBC Radio 4 'Open Book' *
A lyrical novel about war and memory * Guardian, Ones to Watch 2018 *
In sombre, elegant prose, Harding wonderfully describes Charlie's sense of dislocation, his emotional unease and the impossibility of communicating his complex feelings and fears to those closest to him -- Eithne Farry * Mail on Sunday, The Best New Fiction *
Revelatory in many ways, shining a light on the darker aspects of war ... Quiet power and unexpected grace ... Adds to Harding's reputation as an incisive chronicler of war and its aftermath * Financial Times *
Written with an admirable precision, and the dark of the narrative has to be teased out ... It is a novel of ideas, for it invites you to think of questions of responsibility, exploitation, cruelty, brutality ... One of those rare novels which has you thinking, when you reach the end, that there is much you have passed over which demands a second reading to be fully felt and understood -- Allan Massie * Scotsman *
Over several restrained, poetic novels, Georgina Harding has carved out a space for herself as one of the most incisive explorers of physical adversity and its psychological effects ... Harding's graceful style and self-control illuminate the crushing weight of history on the individual, and how different strategies for survival can cause a lifetime of pain and regret ... Land of the Living is a poised and carefully crafted novel of powerful, submerged emotions, taking an under-explored aspect of Britain's war and finding in it something graceful and strange, mythic as well * Herald *
Disquieting * Times Literary Supplement *
Perfect - a flawless gem of a novel from start to finish ... Wonderful, strange and wise -- Patrick McGrath

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