One night in 1917, five French soldiers, court-martialled for self-inflicted wounds, are pushed into No-man's-land and later found dead. The youngest of the five has a fiancee, Mathilda. This is the story of Mathilda's quest, after the war, to discover what has become of her fiance.
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"The narrative is brilliantly complex and beguiling, and the climax devastating" ( Independent)
"Clever, highly readable… Neither predictable nor surprising, the dénouement, when it finally happens, is shocking, moving and horribly convincing" ( Literary Review)
"A classic of its kind, brewing up enormous pathos undiluted by sentimentality" ( Daily Telegraph)
"A fierce, elliptical novel that's both a gripping philosophical thriller and a highly moving meditation on the emotion consequences of war" ( New York Times)
"Only the best historical fiction can make the journey into a distant time and return with a believable sense of how things really were. That Japrisot's book has done so is a mark of his great talent and experience as a writer" ( Washington Post)
'Diabolically clever... The reader is alternately impressed, beguiled, frightened, bewildered... A considerable achievement' Anita Brookner
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Book Description The Harvill Press, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0002713306