Reviewed on Richard & Judy on Wednesday 16 January 2008.
A thoroughly absorbing book that is very movingly written. Two stories are told of two men who have had love ripped away from them and how the memory of that love sustains them through their lives. This is the first novel from this author and lets hope it is not the last as he writes beautifully.
1992: Leo Deakin wakes up in a hospital somewhere in South America. His girlfriend Eleni is dead and Leo doesn't know where he is or how she died. He blames himself for the tragedy and is sucked into a spiral of despair. But Leo is about to discover something that will change his life for ever.
1917: Moritz Daniecki is a fugitive from a Siberian POW camp. Seven thousand kilometres over the Russian steppes separate him from his village and his sweetheart, whose memory has kept him alive through carnage and captivity. The Great War may be over, but Moritz now faces a perilous journey across a continent riven by civil war. When Moritz finally limps back into his village to claim the hand of the woman he left behind, will she still be waiting?
"Tender and insightful."
'A tour de force that, like many of the best novels, is based on real events and is extremely moving... The result is mesmerising' - Publishing News
Publication date: 11/02/2008
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
|Publication date:||11th February 2008|
|Publisher:||Transworld Publishers Ltd|
|Genres:||Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,|
Danny Scheinmann is a writer, actor and storyteller. He has performed at the Royal National Theatre and in over 35 countries. His tours include storytelling in Siberia and a year and a half working for an avant-garde theatre group creating shows with street children in Colombia, the Philippines, Cambodia and Vietnam. He also co-wrote and acted in the acclaimed independent film The West Wittering Affair. He was born in Manchester and lives in London with his wife and three children. Author photo © David ScheinmannMore About Danny Scheinmann