Peter Faber è un soldato semplice, un insegnante spedito sul fronte orientale. Katharina Spinell è una ragazza di Berlino,
con un lavoro poco attraente e genitori oppressivi. I due si sposano senza essersi mai conosciuti: è un matrimonio di assoluta convenienza, che garantisce a lui una licenza di dieci giorni, a lei una pensione dovesse Peter morire in guerra. Inaspettatamente, quando i due ragazzi si incontrano si innamorano a prima vista, e al momento della separazione si scambiano promesse di fedeltà e di un futuro insieme. Il ricordo dei brevi giorni passati con Katharina e il sogno di una vita familiare al ritorno, sono le uniche cose che permettono a Peter di resistere agli orrori del fronte russo. Le difficili, alterne emozioni dei due ragazzi, e dei loro compagni nel drammatico viaggio, sono rivelate con estrema efficacia dalla forma narrativa che sceglie la Magee: brevi, distaccate descrizioni di gioie e orrori, e lunghi, incalzanti dialoghi, sempre più aperti e sinceri, sempre più rivelatori del dramma interiore di ciascuno man mano che la sconfitta, della nazione e di ogni individuo, si avvicina. Con le poche, pacate eccezioni di chi rimane moralmente integro nonostante tutto.
- ISBN: 8833924955
- Casa Editrice: Bollati Boringhieri
- Pagine: 319
Men did actually pick and marry woman, just by looking at postcards and choosing. The men received a week long honeymoon furlough, and the woman received the man's pension in the event of his death. I recommend that you listen to the video interview that is included on this novel's homepage, it expl Leggi tutto
To state that I "enjoyed" this book would imply a sense of pleasure,but although this was well written, it was a totally disturbing, yet precise account of the war experience. It is viewed from the existence of the wife and families at home and the soldiers fighting for life and limb during the heig Leggi tutto
Peter Faber is a German on the Russian Front with winter approaching. He gets legally married to a photo of Katharina (yes, that constituted a legal marriage) so he could get a week of leave and Katharina would get his pension should he die. After meeting and falling in love with the real Katharina, Leggi tutto
This is a difficult read - difficult because although it is fiction it speaks the truth and without exaggeration. The theme here is the Second World War seen from the perspective of Germans, ordinary Germans. There are an abundance of books relating the events from the winner's point of view, less f Leggi tutto
This is a must read novel for 2014. The most engaging and readable book I have read this year. It is a work of historical force with contemporary insights into loyalty, nationhood and corruption. It triumphs the human spirit and demonstrates that choices are sometimes beyond our reach. It is a story Leggi tutto
I can't understand how this book made it onto Amazon's Rising Stars list when it's such a pile of drivel. It's about 90% dialogue, and the sentences are rarely longer than ten words. In another author's hands, the subject (a marriage of convenience during WW2 from a German perspective) could've been Leggi tutto
What a compelling, wonderful novel, very very bleak, put I couldn't put it down, read in a day, best novel I've read for a while
Not another World War II novel! Audrey Magee decided to take a different approach, to show the horror in the mundane within a part of the war we don't often talk about - the eastern front. (I get that phrase, horror in the mundane, from an author interview I watched in YouTube .) The novel starts wit Leggi tutto
With the photograph of a woman he had never met crudely attached to a nearby post, German soldier Peter Faber was married by the unit chaplain, while simultaneously in Berlin, Katharina Spinell was married as well – both to each other. Peter had chosen to be married to Katharina to receive honeymoon Leggi tutto
Kinda bewildered by all the gushing reviews for this. It's like 80% dialog, which would be impressive except... If the only way you are going to reveal your characters is through their speech, then their speech better be revealing. In this book, every character speaks in short, choppy, declarative se Leggi tutto
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