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To Die in Spring

To Die in Spring

A Novel

by Ralf Rothmann
Paperback
Publication Date: 14/08/2018
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The lunacy of the final months of World War II, as experienced by a young German soldier

Distant, silent, often drunk, Walter Urban is a difficult man to have as a father. But his son--the narrator of this slim, harrowing novel--is curious about Walter's experiences during World War II, and so makes him a present of a blank notebook in which to write down his memories. Walter dies, however, leaving nothing but the barest skeleton of a story on those pages, leading his son to fill in the gaps himself, rightly or wrongly, with what he can piece together of his father's earlylife.

This, then, is the story of Walter and his dangerously outspoken friend Friedrich Caroli, seventeen-year-old trainee milkers on a dairy farm in northern Germany who are tricked into volunteering for the army during the spring of 1945: the last, and in many ways the worst, months of the war. The men are driven to the point of madness by what they experience, and when Friedrich finally deserts his post, Walter is forced to do the unthinkable.

Told in a remarkable impressionistic voice, focusing on the tiny details and moments of grotesque beauty that flower even in the most desperate situations, Ralf Rothmann'sTo Die in Spring"ushers in the post-[Günter] Grass era with enormous power" (Die Zeit).

ISBN:
9781250182043
9781250182043
Category:
Historical Fiction
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
14-08-2018
Language:
English
Publisher:
Picador
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
204.22x130.3x14.99mm
Weight:
0.22kg
Ralf Rothmann

Ralf Rothmann is a German novelist, poet, and dramatist. To Die in Spring, his eighth novel, but the first to be published in the UK, has been a bestseller in Italy and in Germany, where it has sold 60,000 copies in hardcover, and is being translated into twenty-four languages.

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