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 worked as a journalist for fourteen years before taking up writing full-time in 1991. In 1995 he was voted Author of the Year by the British Book Awards for "Birdsong." He is also the author of "Human Traces, On Green Dolphin Street, Charlotte Gray, The Fatal Englishman, The Girl at the Lion d'Or, Engleby," and the James Bond novel "Devil May Care." He lives in London with his wife and three children.
"Ambitious, outrageous, poignant, sleep-disturbing, Birdsong is not a prefect novel—just a great one."—Simon Schama, New Yorker
"Superb. . . unrelenting and disapassionate. . . genuinely cathartic." —The New York Times Book Review
"Birdsong moved me more profoundly than anything I've read in years. . . . A deeply compassionate, utterly thrilling work by a master of the form." —Frank Conroy
"Worthy in every way of its honors and success. . . . The accounts of combat, ringing with credibility and authenticity, are among the finest that I have ever read." —George Garrett, Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Solidly plotted, vividly imagined, with a forgiving, God's-eye view of human frailty. . . . This strenuous and poignant effort to shore up memory deserves our gratitude." —Newsday
"A contemporary novel that...earns a place on the shelf with true literature. . . . Superb storytelling and craftsmanship." —People
"Powerful and well-paced. . . an excellent literary introduction to the Great War." —Philadelphia Inquirer
"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