An Intimate History of the Turning Point of the Second World War
An astonishing achievement * Antony Beevor * By interweaving the detailed experiences of 39 individuals from all parts of the conflict, Englund presents an extraordinary panorama of this pivotal moment. A haunting narrative imaginatively conceived, brilliantly told * Julia Boyd * Absolutely revelatory. A stunning tour de force. So much in here that is truly fresh and new. Englund chronicles the gripping tale of one month that changed everything in WWII, and it is so beautifully written and timeless. Once read, you'll want to return to this again and again * Damien Lewis * Majestic This is an extraordinary evocation of a pivotal moment in the 20th century. Englund captures not only the gnawing tension, the moments of terror and the flinty endurance but also the fractal complexity of this global conflict. Resonantly written and utterly gripping, this book will stay with you * Sinclair MacKay * Thought-provoking Englunds book deserves an audience, to increase knowledge not only of this particular war, but also of the stupendous sacrifices and tragedies of all human conflicts * Sunday Times * Succeed[s] in giving a very human (and, inevitably sometimes, inhuman) snapshot of events ... Thoroughly worth reading * Telegraph * Superb ... a stimulating read * New Statesman * The stories of the individual people featured make the global personal in an astonishing way * Alan Parks, Daily Express *Books of the 2023* * Extraordinary ... with a scrupulous and skilful hand [Englund] has created an original panorama of humankind's most destructive war * New York Times * What makes Englund's work original and remarkable is his narrative technique, which could be called 'the mosaic method' ... A coherent and moving portrait of a world at war * BBC History Magazine * This gripping and propulsive account, expertly translated by Graves in lyrical prose, recreates the daily uncertainty of war as experienced by regular people ... It's a monumental work of history * Publishers Weekly * Engrossing Englunds approach echoes Homers Iliad which tries to understand at once the mayhem of war, the forces that drive it and the feelings its violence leaves behind Englunds tour de force casts a long shadow into our present and its raw voices haunt me still * Wall Street Journal * **PRAISE FOR THE BEAUTY AND THE SORROW** In four decades of studying war, I've never read such a remarkable book * Washington Post * A literary as well as a historical achievement * Guardian * Intense and bighearted. ... The accounts of [these] lives can be terrifying or stirring, but are most fully alive in Englund's accumulation of small moments, stray details * New York Times *
Peter Englund (Author) Peter Englund is a historian, journalist and member of the Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel Prize in Literature. He is the author of ten books, most recently The Beauty and the Sorrow: An Intimate History of the First World War, and has won various literary prizes for his work including the August prize for the best Swedish book of the year and the Sela Lagerlof Literary Prize. Peter Graves (Translator) Peter Graves was born in Wales. He studied German and Swedish at the University of Aberdeen and later taught Scandinavian languages, literature and culture at the universities of Aberdeen and Edinburgh. He has been awarded a number of prizes for his translation work.