Published to international critical and popular acclaim, this intensely romantic yet stunningly realistic novel spans three generations and the unimaginable gulf between the First World War and the present. As the young Englishman Stephen Wraysford passes through a tempestuous love affair with Isabelle Azaire in France and enters the dark, surreal world beneath the trenches of No Man's Land, Sebastian Faulks creates a world of fiction that is as tragic as A Farewell to Arms and as sensuous as The English Patient. Crafted from the ruins of war and the indestructibility of love, Birdsong is a novel that will be read and marveled at for years to come.
About the Author
Sebastian Faulks is best known for his trilogy of novels set in France: The Girl at the Lion d’Or, Birdsong, and Charlotte Gray, the latter two of which were bestsellers. After a period in France, he and his family now live in London.
Praise for Birdsong: A Novel of Love and War…
"Ambitious, outrageous, poignant, sleep-disturbing, Birdsong is not a prefect novel—just a great one."—Simon Schama, New Yorker
"An amazing book—among the most stirringly erotic I have read for years...I have read it and re-read it and can think of no other novel for many, many years that has so moved me or stimulated in me so much reflection on the human spirit."—Quentin Crewe, Daily Mail
"This book is so powerful that as I finished it I turned to the front to start again."—Andrew James, Sunday Express
"One of the finest novels of the last 40 years."—Brian Masters, Mail on Sunday
"This is literature at its very best: a book with the power to reveal the unimagined, so that one's life is set in a changed context. I urge you to read it."—Nigel Watts, Time Out