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Fortunes of War: The Balkan Trilogy (New York Review Books Classics)

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The Balkan Trilogy is the story of a marriage and of a war, a vast, teeming, and complex masterpiece in which Olivia Manning brings the uncertainty and adventure of civilian existence under political and military siege to vibrant life. Mannings focus is not the battlefield but the café and kitchen, the bedroom and street, the fabric of the everyday world that has been irrevocably changed by war, yet remains unchanged.

At the heart of the trilogy are newlyweds Guy and Harriet Pringle, who arrive in Bucharest—the so-called Paris of the East—in the fall of 1939, just weeks after the German invasion of Poland. Guy, an Englishman teaching at the university, is as wantonly gregarious as his wife is introverted, and Harriet is shocked to discover that she must share her adored husband with a wide circle of friends and acquaintances. Other surprises follow: Romania joins the Axis, and before long German soldiers overrun the capital. The Pringles flee south to Greece, part of a group of refugees made up of White Russians, journalists, con artists, and dignitaries. In Athens, however, the couple will face a new challenge of their own, as great in its way as the still-expanding theater of war.

Synopsis:

The Balkan Trilogy is the story of a marriage and of a war, a vast, teeming, and complex masterpiece in which Olivia Manning brings the uncertainty and adventure of civilian existence under political and military siege to vibrant life. Manning's focus is not the battlefield but the cafe and kitchen, the bedroom and street, the fabric of the everyday world that has been irrevocably changed by war, yet remains unchanged.

At the heart of the trilogy are newlyweds Guy and Harriet Pringle, who arrive in Bucharest--the so-called Paris of the East--in the fall of 1939, just weeks after the German invasion of Poland. Guy, an Englishman teaching at the university, is as wantonly gregarious as his wife is introverted, and Harriet is shocked to discover that she must share her adored husband with a wide circle of friends and acquaintances. Other surprises follow: Romania joins the Axis, and before long German soldiers overrun the capital. The Pringles flee south to Greece, part of a group of refugees made up of White Russians, journalists, con artists, and dignitaries. In Athens, however, the couple will face a new challenge of their own, as great in its way as the still-expanding theater of war.

About the Author

Olivia Manning (19081980) wrote more than twelve novels, including her celebrated The Fortunes of War series. In addition to her novels, Manning wrote essays and criticism, history, a screenplay, and a book about cats. NYRB Classics published Mannings School for Love in 2009.

Rachel Cusk is the author of several works of fiction and non-fiction.  Saving Agnes won the 1993 Whitbread First Novel Award and Arlington Park was shortlisted for the 2007 Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction.   In 2003 Cusk was chosen by Granta magazine as one of their "Best Young British Novelists". Her latest book is a memoir, The Last Supper: A Summer in Italy.  

Product Details

ISBN:
9781590173312
Author:
Manning, Olivia
Publisher:
New York Review of Books
Introduction by:
Cusk, Rachel
Introduction:
Smiley, Jane
Introduction:
Cusk, Rachel
Author:
Cusk, Rachel
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;wwii;balkans;novel;romania;historical fiction;greece;war;20th century;british;trilogy;eastern europe;historical;english;history;english literature;1960s;literature;marriage;bucharest;british fiction;athens
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
New York Review Books Classics
Publication Date:
20100131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
944
Dimensions:
8 x 5 x 1.66 in 2 lb

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"Synopsis" by , The Balkan Trilogy is the story of a marriage and of a war, a vast, teeming, and complex masterpiece in which Olivia Manning brings the uncertainty and adventure of civilian existence under political and military siege to vibrant life. Manning's focus is not the battlefield but the cafe and kitchen, the bedroom and street, the fabric of the everyday world that has been irrevocably changed by war, yet remains unchanged.

At the heart of the trilogy are newlyweds Guy and Harriet Pringle, who arrive in Bucharest--the so-called Paris of the East--in the fall of 1939, just weeks after the German invasion of Poland. Guy, an Englishman teaching at the university, is as wantonly gregarious as his wife is introverted, and Harriet is shocked to discover that she must share her adored husband with a wide circle of friends and acquaintances. Other surprises follow: Romania joins the Axis, and before long German soldiers overrun the capital. The Pringles flee south to Greece, part of a group of refugees made up of White Russians, journalists, con artists, and dignitaries. In Athens, however, the couple will face a new challenge of their own, as great in its way as the still-expanding theater of war.

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