The Undertaking (Hardback)
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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 06/02/2014
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A soldier on the Russian Front marries a photograph of a woman he has never met. Hundreds of miles away in Berlin, the woman marries a photograph of the soldier. It is a contract of business rather than love. When the newlywed strangers finally meet, however, passion blossoms and they begin to imagine a life together under the bright promise of Nazi Germany. But as the tide of war turns and Allied enemies come ever closer, the couple find themselves facing the terrible consequences of being ordinary people stained with their small share of an extraordinary guilt...

Publisher: Atlantic Books
ISBN: 9781782391029
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 463 g
Dimensions: 216 x 156 x 26 mm
Edition: Main


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Sweeping, powerful, epic * The Times *
'Brutal but brilliant... Full of heart-pounding suspense... Magee offers an insight both into the deprivation experienced by ordinary soldiers and the excesses of those in power... An impressive, even stunning debut' * Sunday Times (Ireland) *
An engaging and beautifully written novel, with an emotional resonance that remains long after you've closed the book. It succeeds in doing what only the best historical novels can do - making the past feel present * Independent *
A novel made all the more harrowing by its extreme readability * Observer *
A violent, elegant, unsentimental journey through hell and halfway back. This is an outstanding novel by a writer of huge talent and unusual candour. -- Chris Cleave
The Undertaking is written with sympathy and skill. The narrative is tense and engaging, filled with complex undertones, impelled by an urgency and a deep involvement with the characters. -- Colm Toibin
A bold and unsettling feat of empathy, all the more daring for its taut, beautifully understated style -- A.D. Miller

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“Thought-provoking”

I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Undertaking. I read it very quickly, partly because of the uncomplicated language but also because I was swept along with the fates of the two main characters in their different... More

Paperback edition
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“learning the hard way”

An austere novel, dealing with loyalty to country and ‘Führer’ and loyalty to family and friends. Unfortunately family and friends are most frequently losers in The Undertaking. The war is all consuming, it takes... More

Paperback edition
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“harrowing and horrific in equal measures”

The novel begins and ends with a marriage of convenience: Peter Faber marries a woman he has never met to allow him leave from the army for a ‘honeymoon’ and Katharina Spinell, his new wife, will receive a pension in... More

Hardback edition
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