In November 1918, in a railway carriage in a forest near Paris, six men meet to negotiate an end to the terrible slaughter of the First World War. Threatened by famine and anarchy at home, the Germans struggle to mitigate the punishing terms offered by the Allies. But both sides are torn by battle exhaustion and a confusion that far exceed their national differences. In this riveting combination of history, speculation and rumour, Thomas Keneally recreates the personalities, ideals, prejudices, arguments and desperate measures that resulted in the armistice which would shape the future of Europe.
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Four of Thomas Keneally's novels have been shortlisted for the Booker prize and SCHINDLER'S ARK (filmed by Steven Spielberg as Schindler's List) has sold more copies than any other Booker Prize-winner. He is also the author of several works of non-fiction, including THE PLACE WHERE SOULS ARE BORN, about the American Southwest.
BIRTHPLACE: New South Wales, Australia.
WHEREABOUTS: Sydney, Australia
PREVIOUS BOOKS: INCLUDE
BLOOD RED, SISTER ROSE; CONFEDERATES; THE PLAYMAKER; THE PLACE WHERE SOULS ARE BORN; A FAMILY MADNESS; TOWARDS ASMARA; WOMAN OF THE INNER SEA; JACKO; SCHINDLER'S LIST
*Part of the new Sceptre relaunch
(1)Shortlisted for the Booker Prize
(2) Publication will coincide with Keneally's new novel A RIVER TOWN and the paperback of JACKO.
(3) Author PR on publication. Keneally will be here to take part in the Sceptre promotion.
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As in Keneally's portrait of Joan of Arc, Blood Red, Sister Rose (1974), this treatment of a historical event - the Armistice negotiations which ended World War I - explores the roots of personal and political power. The railroad car in the forest of Compiegne, where the meetings between the allies and a hastily assembled group of Germans took place, was appropriately shunted to a siding - away from the thousands who died and the millions who would live by what was decided there. The delegates bring their playthings into the crowded car: Marshall Foch his self-sanctified conviction that wars are won by "moral force"; aristocrats of both sides their cherished hierarchies; and Matthias Erzberger, who Finds himself spokesman for the Germans, his conscience - a luxury for which he will never be forgiven at home. While the negotiators indulge in "mystical exercises" or bargain for ships and sealing wax, some dream (Foch, of mute soldiers hiding in the forest; Erzberger of "pale soldiers. . . seeping waters") while others grumble fearfully about socialism and tell tall tales. There was, for example, the story of a suicidal horse. . . "What rider (now) would be safe?" The air becomes stale and close and (in Keneally's one unfounded fantasy) a couple make love on the negotiating table: "It was insufferable to think that in such a little space. . . eight men (could) weave a scab over that pit of corpses four years deep." With dramatic dialogue insets, this is a ruthless pursuit of those leaders who, as Foch remembers Joan of Arc, can make us "swallow things whole." (Kirkus Reviews)Book Description:
Thomas Keneally's critically acclaimed fictional recreation of the end of the First World War.
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Book Description HarperCollins Distribution Services, 1975. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1st.ed.. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0002222418