Four Soldiers

Four Soldiers

A Novel

eBook - 2018
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Hubert Mingarelli's simple, powerful, and moving stories of men in combat have established him as one of the most exciting new voices in international fiction. In Four Soldiers he tells the story of four young soldiers in 1919, members of the Red Army during the Russian civil war. It is set in the harsh dead of winter, just as the soldiers set up camp in a forest in Galicia near the Romanian front line. Due to a lull in fighting, their days are taken up with the mundane tasks of trying to scratch together what food and comforts they can find, all the time while talking, smoking, and waiting. Waiting specifically for spring to come. Waiting for their battalion to move on. Waiting for the inevitable resumption of violence.
Publisher: New York : New Press, 2018.
ISBN: 9781620974414
162097441X
9781620974407
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Taylor, Sam 1970-

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jr3083 Jul 22, 2019

I must confess that I borrowed this book solely because of Hilary Mantel’s blurb ‘A small miracle’ on the front cover. I’m not so sure about the ‘miraculousness’ of the book, but it certainly is small at only 155 pages and could probably be better described as a novella than a novel....The story is very simply told, with short sentences. The translation feels very clean and precise. The chapters last only a couple of pages, almost like a film script. Very little happens, even though the narrative is infused with a sense of dread. Its simplicity and precariousness makes it a more memorable read than it would be otherwise.

For my complete review, see
http://residentjudge.com/2019/07/23/four-soldiers-by-hubert-mingarelli/

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