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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Portobello Books Ltd (4 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846275369
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846275364
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 67 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 247,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A masterpiece. --'The 50 best winter reads', Independent
'This is the most moving book I have read for a long time... Mingarelli's subject matter is supremely dark, but against all the odds, he manages to offer us a positive message. The moral complexity of the story contrasts with its straightforward delivery. Mingarelli's spare language is well suited to this luminous tale, [in which]he accomplishes a great deal. --Independent on Sunday
'Beautiful and disturbing, complex and surprising... This is not easy for the reader to handle, but Mingarelli knows what he is doing' --Herald
'This strong and simple story packs a mighty punch. --The Times
'Masterful... Mingarelli offers a new twist on the Holocaust novel. His spare prose, crisply translated by Sam Taylor, adds to the narrative's intensity and keeps you turning the pages until its poignant conclusion. --Huffington Post
'A Meal in Winter delivers a powerful punch and examines the complicity of ordinary soldiers in extraordinary acts of brutality' --'Books of the Year', Tablet
'Short, powerful, vivid and utterly compelling' --Jewish Chronicle
'Masterly and necessary... no intervening hand is noticeable in Sam Taylor's rendering of Mingarelli' --Times Literary Supplement
'Brief, elegant, quietly lyrical yet driven by an inward fire, Minagrelli's novel shows that the fiction of wartime atrocity can still yield treasures' --Boyd Tonkin on the IFFP shortlist, Independent
'This cold, spare novel is a miniature masterpiece and a devastating story. Beautifully translated with clarity and pathos' --Natalie Haynes, judge of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize
'Devastating... This novella was deservedly shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. Crisply translated by Sam Taylor' --Paperback review, Independent
'Superb... The prose, elegantly translated by Sam Taylor, is full of rich visual descriptions. This is an enormously powerful and moving book' ***** --Paperback review, Independent on Sunday
'A masterpiece of understatement. It's a brave and original approach to a familiar subject' --Paperback of the Week, Herald
'It's a brave novelist who sets out to tell a Holocaust tale from the point of view of the would-be executioner but this is what Mingarelli does with great skill and admirable subtlety. A breathtaking lesson in brevity' - --Paperback review, Guardian

'It is 138 profound pages of horror and humanity' --'Book of the Year', Irish Times
'I so recommend this brilliant, devastating, compelling WW2 novel' --Simon Sebag Montefiore

'Its 138 pages are so memorable, so dark, so humane, it deserves to be read all over Europe. A masterpiece of empathy and horror' --Paperback review, Guardian

About the Author

HUBERT MINGARELLI is the author of numerous novels, short story collections and fiction for young adults. His book Quatre soldats ([Four Soldiers], Le Seuil, 2003) won the Prix de Medicis. He lives in Grenoble. SAM TAYLOR is a translator, novelist and journalist. His translated works include Laurent Binet's award-winning novel HHhH. His own novels have been translated in 10 languages.

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