Snow Country (Paperback)Sebastian Faulks (author)
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Set in Vienna during the First World War and in the looming shadow of the rise of Fascism, Faulks’s elegant, psychologically acute novel tracks a small group of individuals as they struggle to come to terms with the destruction of an old world and the terrifying new shape of its successor.
1914: Young Anton Heideck has arrived in Vienna, eager to make his name as a journalist. While working part-time as a private tutor, he encounters Delphine, a woman who mixes startling candour with deep reserve. Entranced by the light of first love, Anton feels himself blessed. Until his country declares war on hers.
1927: For Lena, life with a drunken mother in a small town has been impoverished and cold. She is convinced she can amount to nothing until a young lawyer, Rudolf Plischke, spirits her away to Vienna. But the capital proves unforgiving. Lena leaves her metropolitan dream behind to take a menial job at the snow-bound sanatorium, the Schloss Seeblick.
1933: Still struggling to come terms with the loss of so many friends on the Eastern Front, Anton, now an established writer, is commissioned by a magazine to visit the mysterious Schloss Seeblick. In this place of healing, on the banks of a silvery lake, where the depths of human suffering and the chances of redemption are explored, two people will see each other as if for the first time.
Sweeping across Europe as it recovers from one war and hides its face from the coming of another, Snow Country is a landmark novel of exquisite yearnings, dreams of youth and the sanctity of hope. In elegant, shimmering prose, Sebastian Faulks has produced a work of timeless resonance.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 255 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm
'A fine and profoundly intelligent novel, written by an author who balances big ideas with human emotion. Wistful, yearning and wise.' - Elizabeth Day
'Faulks's most poignant love story yet.' - Antony Beevor
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“An excellent read”
I must admit I like Sebastian Faulks and his writing style - this book does not disappoint. I did not realise that this was the second book in a trilogy (though it can be read as a stand alone which is just as well as... More
“Another sure fire hit”
Another sure fire hit by one of my favourite authors. Although a companion to Human Traces, Snow Country is less about the analysis of the human mind, but continues the theme of the human spirit. Mainly covering the... More
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