The Burnt-Out Town of Miracles

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It is 1939, and the Soviets have invaded Finland. As everyone else in his village flees, burning down their houses in their wake, Timo remains behind. He is unable to imagine life anywhere else, unable to conceive of doing anything else besides felling the trees near his home. As Finnish forces prepare to take on the brunt of the Soviet army and Timo watches on, the citizens of a nation find themselves dragged into conflict and desperate to find a path back home. Filled with unexpected bravery, feats of survival,...

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Overview

It is 1939, and the Soviets have invaded Finland. As everyone else in his village flees, burning down their houses in their wake, Timo remains behind. He is unable to imagine life anywhere else, unable to conceive of doing anything else besides felling the trees near his home. As Finnish forces prepare to take on the brunt of the Soviet army and Timo watches on, the citizens of a nation find themselves dragged into conflict and desperate to find a path back home. Filled with unexpected bravery, feats of survival, and the powerful and forbidden friendships forged during war, this is a powerful novel about the struggle to belong.

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It is the kind of story that stays with the reader long after one has put it down.
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"A strange, impressively understated novel . . . a daunting, traditional narrative which asserts itself from page one and, like the winter cold, refuses to relax its hold."  —The Irish Times

"Jacobsen is a gifted writer, stylish, laconic, and imaginative . . . a powerful and well-written account of an unfamiliar episode in the Second World War."  —The Times Literary Supplement

"An inventive wordsmith and a great storyteller, he never sacrifices substance for style. His research is meticulous . . . as he often places his characters in the midst of historical events and social change, the reader feels more emotionally involved than a mere observer would . . . a gem of a novel."  —The Independent

"It is the kind of story that stays with the reader long after one has put it down."  —Historical Novels Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719521126
  • Publisher: Murray, John Publishers, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 463,795
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Roy Jacobsen is the author of 10 novels and four collections of short stories in his native Norway.

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    Extraordinary tale of one man's survival against all odds; about the beauty and power of friendship and the ways that extreme circumstances bind people to one another for ever

    A completely original, beautiful, breathtaking novel about outsiders, a village idiot, in fact, who behaves heroically in the face of war. The author writes mesmerizing descriptions of light and darkness, freezing cold and blazing heat and sweet, crazy unusual friendships, and about how a personal can survive it all through sheer determination and support from unlikely places. This is such a special, gem-like novel. I wish everyone would discover it. Normally, I like books about the lives of women, but this one has so much heart and humanity I would recommend it whole-heartedly to anyone, men for the interest in war and history, and women for the character depth and landscape beauty.

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