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From the prize-winning novelist and world-renowned short story writer, recipient of the PEN/Malamud Award and the Academy Award from the Academy of Arts and Letters, a powerful novel about war, trust, and salvation that begs to be read in a single sitting.

Italy, near Cassino. The terrible winter of 1944. A dismal icy rain, continuing unabated for days. Guided by a seventy-year-old Italian man in rope-soled shoes, three American soldiers are sent on a reconnaissance mission up the side of a steep hill that they discover, before very long, to be a mountain. And the old man's indeterminate loyalties only add to the terror and confusion that engulf them on that mountain, where they are confronted with the horror of their own time — and then set upon by a sniper.

Taut and propulsive — with its spare language, its punishing landscape, and the keenly drawn portraits of the three young soldiers at its center — Peace is a feat of economy, compression, and imagination, a brutal and unmistakably contemporary meditation on the corrosiveness of violence, the human cost of war, and the redemptive power of mercy.

Review:

"Richard Bausch is best known as a master of the short story. And 'Peace' is so short and tightly packed that it reads more like an extended short story than a novel. It's a fable about war and redemption, an episode more than a full narrative. Bausch draws his characters with deft strokes and dashes of color, rather than in the rich tapestry of longer fiction. If a novel can be said to create its... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Bausch is best known for his short stories, but this powerful novella demonstrates his skill at spare language and tight construction." Library Journal

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"Every single word of Richard Bausch’s beautiful, spare new novel Peace rings darkly, tragically true." Richard Russo

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"Richard Bausch’s Peace, set at the end of the Second World War in Italy, is a small masterpiece with the same emotional force and moral complexity as Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and Tolstoy’s Hadji Murad." Colm Tóibín

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"The experiences of battle fatigue and constant exposure to mortal danger are depicted with raw immediacy and terse power in this short novel...." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

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"Bausch's tale of one act in the immense blood-dark theater of military conflict is razor-sharp, sorrowfully poetic, and steeped in the wretched absurdity of war, the dream of peace." Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"In the small firmament of American writers who're both superb novelists and eloquent short-story practitioners, Richard Bausch's star shines more brightly now than ever." Richard Ford

Synopsis:

Taut and propulsive, Peace is a feat of economy, compression, and imagination, an unmistakably contemporary commentary on the corrosiveness of violence and the human cost of war.

About the Author

This is Richard Bausch's eleventh novel. He is also the author of seven volumes of short stories. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Playboy, GQ, Harper’s Magazine, and other publications and has been featured in numerous best-of collections, including The O. Henry Prize Stories, Best American Short Stories, and New Stories from the South. He is chancellor of the Fellowship of Southern Writers and lives in Memphis, Tennessee, where he is Moss Chair of Excellence in the Writer's Workshop of the University of Memphis.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307268334
Publisher:
Knopf
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Author:
Bausch, Richard
Subject:
Italy
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
War stories
Subject:
War & Military
Publication Date:
20080415
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7.78x5.58x.80 in. .63 lbs.

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Product details 192 pages Alfred A. Knopf - English 9780307268334 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Bausch is best known for his short stories, but this powerful novella demonstrates his skill at spare language and tight construction."
"Review" by , "Every single word of Richard Bausch’s beautiful, spare new novel Peace rings darkly, tragically true."
"Review" by , "Richard Bausch’s Peace, set at the end of the Second World War in Italy, is a small masterpiece with the same emotional force and moral complexity as Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and Tolstoy’s Hadji Murad."
"Review" by , "The experiences of battle fatigue and constant exposure to mortal danger are depicted with raw immediacy and terse power in this short novel...."
"Review" by , "Bausch's tale of one act in the immense blood-dark theater of military conflict is razor-sharp, sorrowfully poetic, and steeped in the wretched absurdity of war, the dream of peace."
"Review" by , "In the small firmament of American writers who're both superb novelists and eloquent short-story practitioners, Richard Bausch's star shines more brightly now than ever."
"Synopsis" by , Taut and propulsive, Peace is a feat of economy, compression, and imagination, an unmistakably contemporary commentary on the corrosiveness of violence and the human cost of war.
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