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Borders : a novel

Author: Roy Jacobsen; Don Bartlett; Donald Shaw
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2016] ©2015
Series: Lannan translations selection series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A sweeping novel of World War II, set in the Ardennes, from the acclaimed author of Child Wonder. The Ardennes, a forested, mountainous borderland that spans France, Germany, Belgium, and Luxembourg, was crucial to Hitler's invasion of France and host to the Battle of the Bulge. In a small valley among these borders lives Robert, born of an affair between an American GI and the Belgian nurse who rescued him. In his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
War fiction
War stories
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roy Jacobsen; Don Bartlett; Donald Shaw
ISBN: 9781555977559 1555977553
OCLC Number: 931005487
Description: 281 pages ; 23 cm.
Series Title: Lannan translations selection series.
Other Titles: Grenser.
Responsibility: Roy Jacobsen ; translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett and Don Shaw.

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A sweeping novel of World War II, set in the Ardennes, from the acclaimed author of Child Wonder. The Ardennes, a forested, mountainous borderland that spans France, Germany, Belgium, and Luxembourg, was crucial to Hitler's invasion of France and host to the Battle of the Bulge. In a small valley among these borders lives Robert, born of an affair between an American GI and the Belgian nurse who rescued him. In his father's absence, Robert finds a mentor in Markus Hebel, who has faked blindness ever since serving as a Wehrmacht radio operator in Russia. Markus, in turn, confides his secret to Robert--and then he tells the story of his own son, whose fanatical loyalty to Hitler left him trapped during the siege of Stalingrad. In Borders, Roy Jacobsen brilliantly layers these stories of impossible choices between familial love and national identity, culminating in a nuanced, probing novel of shifting wartime loyalties.

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