A Meal in Winter: A Novel of World War II
Shortlisted for the 2014 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and called a “best winter read” by The Independent, a haunting, suspenseful, and “impossible to put down” (Libération) novel about three German soldiers in World War II.
One morning in the dead of winter, during the darkest years of World War II, three German soldiers head out into the frozen Polish countryside. They have been charged by their commanders with tracking down and bringing back for execution “one of them”—a Jew. Having flushed out a young man hiding in the woods, they decide to rest in an abandoned house before continuing their journey back to the camp. As they prepare food, they are joined by a passing Pole whose virulent anti-Semitism adds tension to an already charged atmosphere. Before long, the group’s sympathies begin to splinter when each man is forced to confront his own conscience as the moral implications of their murderous mission become clear.
Hubert Mingarelli’s books include Quatre Soldats (Four Soldiers), which won the Prix de Médicis, and A Meal in Winter (The New Press). He lives in Grenoble.
"Simple declarative sentences and crystalline, cinematic vignettes accrete to give voice to the soldiers’ own shortcomings and fears about their life-and-death decision. With devastating concision, Mingarelli and his translator, Sam Taylor, carry the moral dilemma to an understated yet stunning conclusion."--Publisher's Weekly