The Winter Soldier
Shortlisted for the 2020 Joyce Carol Oates Prize
‘Part mystery, part war story, part romance, The Winter Soldier is a dream of a novel’ – Anthony Doerr, author of All The Light We Cannot See.
From the bestselling author of The Piano Tuner, comes Daniel Mason’s The Winter Soldier, a story of love and medicine through the devastation of the First World War.
Vienna, 1914. Lucius is a twenty-two-year-old medical student when World War I explodes across Europe. Enraptured by romantic tales of battlefield surgery, he enlists, only to find himself posted to a remote field-hospital ravaged by typhus. Supplies have all but run out, the other doctors have fled, and only a single nurse remains, from whom he must learn a brutal, makeshift medicine.
Then one day, an unconscious soldier is brought in from the snow, his uniform stuffed with strange drawings. He seems beyond rescue, until Lucius makes a fateful decision that will change the course of his life.
From the gilded ballrooms of Imperial Vienna to the frozen forests of the Eastern Front, The Winter Soldier is the story of finding love in the sweeping tides of history, and of the mistakes we make and the precious opportunities to atone.
A touching, intensely human story of longing and love -- Georgia Hunter, author of We Were The Lucky Ones A powerful tale of a medical student in the First World War * Sunday Times Culture * Captivating . . . A novel to get lost in * Herald * One of the best books I've ever read -- Elizabeth Macneal, author of The Doll Factory So real, so rich and detailed, that the room in which I was reading vanished -- Andrew Sean Greer, author of Less and The Story of a Marriage A tour-de-force. I was immersed in the grandeur of Imperial Vienna and the frozen battlefields of the Eastern Front -- Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone A powerful tale * Sunday Times * Held me by the throat from the first lyrical page to the last -- Emma Donoghue Utterly convincing and written with a lyricism that belies the horrors it so unflinchingly describes * Daily Mail * One of the finest prose stylists in American fiction * New York Times * Part mystery, part war story, part romance, The Winter Soldier is a dream of a novel - impeccably researched and totally immersive -- Anthony Doerr, author of All the Light We Cannot See
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