A dramatic novel about a tragedy in Australia in 1984 which had its roots in Eastern Europe and World War II.
Inspired by a true incident, this powerful and disturbing novel focuses on Rudi Kabbel, a survivor of Nazi-occupied Belorussia, and Terry Delaney, a young Australian rugby player who falls in love with Kabbel's daughter. With the optimism and innocence of those unscathed by war, Delaney gropes to understand Kabbel's outlook on life and all too slowly grasps its implications.
A dark and thrilling novel — Nadine Gordimer, Observer
A brilliant book — Guardian
Subtle and gripping — The Sunday Times
A major Australian work of art . . . a memorable reading experience — Daily Mail
Thomas Keneally has always been remarkable for the breadth of his vision . . . This is an impressive performance, ingeniously constructed, extremely telling — Daily Telegraph
A master in fine fettle . . . a brave, brisk book, loud with the lessons of history. — Mail on Sunday
Thomas Keneally's plots are as pugnacious as his prose — New Statesman
A fine new novel . . . Keneally's story illustrates an innocent if brash new world contaminated by old-world sins . . . superb storytelling and strong narrative framework — The Times