In his new novel, In the Wolf’s Mouth, Adam Foulds has remade a history, lifting it out of newsreel and back into its raw and helpless flesh and blood. In the Wolf’s Mouth tells the story of two young soldiers, an American and an Englishman, during the Allies botched attempt to chase the Germans out of Sicily and north towards the mainland. Ever present in the novel looms the Mafia, an inescapable force to which the slaughter of war is only a temporary distraction.
Foulds is a novelist in his prime, his previous, spectacular, novel The Quickening Maze narrowly missed the Booker Prize. Foulds’s prose is uncanny and unforgettable, and this will be an evening to follow suit.