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
Thomas Keneally began his writing career in 1964 and has published thirty novels since. They include Schindler's Ark, which won the Booker Prize in 1982 and was subsequently made into the film Schindler's List, and The Chant Of Jimmie Blacksmith, Confederates and Gossip From The Forest, each of which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. His most recent novels are The Daughters Of Mars, which was shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize in 2013, and Shame and the Captives. He has also written several works of non-fiction, including his memoir Homebush Boy, Searching for Schindler and Australians. He is married with two daughters and lives in Sydney.