From the phenomenally successful author of Birdsong and Charlotte Gray comes this landmark novel of exquisite yearnings, dreams of youth and the sanctity of hope Snow Country. In elegant, shimmering prose, Sebastian Faulks has produced a work of timeless resonance.
Set in Vienna during the First World War and in the looming shadow of the rise of Fascism, Faulks’ elegant, psychologically acute novel tracks a small group of individuals as they struggle to come to terms with the destruction of an old world and the terrifying new shape of its successor.
This novel looks at yearning and desire, at memories true and false, and at how the most private moments of our lives are shaped by the invisible forces of history. Thematically complex, it is held together by a narrative that drives to an unforgettable ending.
Faulks’ ability to balance intricate historical detail with moving human narrative sits at the heart of all of his work – it accounts for his long-standing position at the top of best seller lists as well as his place in the English literary canon. We are excited to welcome him to Ely to discuss his new work and the questions it raises about war, humanity, memory and writing.