The Forest of the Hanged - Casemate Classic War Fiction (Paperback)
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The Forest of the Hanged - Casemate Classic War Fiction (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 28/04/2017
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During the First World War, just behind the eastern front, there was a forest, where Austrians and Hungarians used to hang deserters. To this place came Apostol Bologa, a young Romanian officer eager to serve his country. Born in a Romanian region of Transylvania which was then under Hungarian rule, he had naturally enough joined the Austro-Hungarian army. But soon Romania itself entered the war, and Bologa found himself fighting his own people. The Forest of the Hanged asks a fundamental question about war: namely, why does a man fight? Apostol condemns an officer to death for desertion and attempting to give information to the enemy. He watches the execution of the officer with satisfaction until he witnesses a fellow soldier's grief and pity for the dead man. At this point his world shifts. His growing self-doubt and uncertainty lead him to question beliefs he once held without question. Unprepared for his own reaction when he is once again called to sit on a court martial, he finds that he too must go to the forest. This very rare, richly descriptive novel lays bare the inner conflict engendered by a total war, yet seldom expressed.

Publisher: Casemate Publishers
ISBN: 9781612004686
Number of pages: 352
Dimensions: 190 x 132 mm


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A dark and depressing story with little to uplift the spirits until Bologa's moment of enlightenment, but nevertheless a valued and essential reprint of a classic war fiction work. * Books Monthly *

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