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The Undertaking (Hardback)
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The Undertaking (Hardback)

Hardback Published: 06/02/2014
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Desperate to escape the Eastern front, Peter Faber, an ordinary German soldier, marries Katharina Spinell, a woman he has never met; it is a marriage of convenience that promises 'honeymoon' leave for him and a pension for her should he die on the front. With ten days' leave secured, Peter visits his new wife in Berlin; both are surprised by the attraction that develops between them. When Peter returns to the horror of the front, it is only the dream of Katharina that sustains him as he approaches Stalingrad. Back in Berlin, Katharina, goaded on by her desperate and delusional parents, ruthlessly works her way into the Nazi party hierarchy, wedding herself, her young husband and their unborn child to the regime. But when the tide of war turns and Berlin falls, Peter and Katharina, ordinary people stained with their small share of an extraordinary guilt, find their simple dream of family increasingly hard to hold on to...

Publisher: Atlantic Books
ISBN: 9781782391029

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wow... so I'm not sure how comfortable I am saying that I liked this book.... Liked really isn't a word I would use to describe my feelings while reading it, or now I'm done. I couldn't stop... More

3rd February 2014
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“Stunning Debut Novel”

For German soldiers, serving on the Eastern Front, the opportunity of marrying a girl back home gives them 'honeymoon' leave. For the girl he marries - a war pension should her new husband die whilst serving... More

24th February 2014
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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

2nd May 2014
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