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The burnt-out town of miracles

Author: Roy Jacobsen
Publisher: London : John Murray, 2007.
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Set in Finland in 1939, this is the story of one man who remains in his hometown when everyone else has fled, burning down their houses in their wake, before the invading Russians arrive. Timo remains behind because he can't imagine life anywhere else, doing anything else besides felling the trees near his home. This is a novel about belonging - a tale of powerful and forbidden friendships forged during a war, of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roy Jacobsen
ISBN: 9780719520921 0719520924
OCLC Number: 166626384
Language Note: Translated from the Norwegian.
Awards: Shortlisted for International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2009.
Description: 200 p. ; 21 cm.
Other Titles: Hoggerne.
Responsibility: Roy Jacobsen ; translated by Don Bartlett and Don Shaw.

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Based on a true historical event, comes this psychologically gripping tale, full of heart and humanity, about one man who stands against the system. A man who, by his unusual wits, survives a winter  Read more...

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'Wonderful novella...he captures the intense cold beautifully' -- Daily Telegraph 'A compact and compelling novel by an iconic Norwegian writer...[and] thanks to Don Bartlett and Don Shaw's crisp Read more...

 
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