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The Salt of the Earth (Paperback)
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The Salt of the Earth (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages
Published: 30/01/2020
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At the beginning of the twentieth century the villagers of the Carpathian mountains lead a simple life, much as they have always done. The modern world has yet to reach the inhabitants of this remote region of the Habsburg Empire. Among them is Piotr, a bandy-legged peasant, who wants nothing more from life than an official railway cap, a cottage, and a bride with a dowry.

But then the First World War reaches the mountains and Piotr is drafted into the army. All the weight of imperial authority is used to mould him into an unthinking fighting machine, forced to fight a war he does not understand, for interests other than his own.

The Salt of the Earth is a classic war novel and a powerfully pacifist tale about the consequences of war for ordinary men.

Publisher: Pushkin Press
ISBN: 9781782274728
Number of pages: 352
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Lively, faithful, and sensitive to the cultural nuances that make the novel such a rich tapestry of the Austrian-Hungarian monarchy prior to World War I - World Literature Today

One of the great Central European war stories, on a par with the works of Jaroslav Hasek - Los Angeles Review of Books

Wittlin's... irony and quiet fury are those of the idealistic ascetic steeped in the Old Testament and the Odyssey. His compassion for the ignorant and lowly of the earth, breathed into his work, imparts to it a glowing poetic quality and a sublimity of soul... It is a volume to be read again and again. It has the satisfying quality of good music. - Virginia Quarterly Review

One of the small number of contemporary works which extend into the sphere of the mythical and epical - Thomas Mann

A captivating read. I loved the narrative prose style and adored the characters - Nicki J. Marcus (blog)

Cocteau's Thomas the Imposter meets Brecht's Mother Courage and Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front... The dark tragedy of a world war, the collapse and eradication of an entire topos of history, humanity and culture becomes a tensely rhythmed black comedy - Bookanista

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