Snow Country

Snow Country

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 02/09/2021
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Snow Country
Quietly gripping masterpiece.
Sebastian Faulks , as an author is very good at drawing incredible characters with great inner turmoil. “Snow Country” spans through before and through the... READ MORE
Emine at Bromley


1914: Young Anton Heideck has arrived in Vienna, eager to make his name as a journalist. While working part-time as a private tutor, he encounters Delphine, a woman who mixes startling candour with deep reserve. Entranced by the light of first love, Anton feels himself blessed. Until his country declares war on hers. 1927: For Lena, life with a drunken mother in a small town has been impoverished and cold. She is convinced she can amount to nothing until a young lawyer, Rudolf Plischke, spirits her away to Vienna. But the capital proves unforgiving. Lena leaves her metropolitan dream behind to take a menial job at the snow-bound sanatorium, the Schloss Seeblick. 1933: Still struggling to come terms with the loss of so many friends on the Eastern Front, Anton, now an established writer, is commissioned by a magazine to visit the mysterious Schloss Seeblick. In this place of healing, on the banks of a silvery lake, where the depths of human suffering and the chances of redemption are explored, two people will see each other as if for the first time. Sweeping across Europe as it recovers from one war and hides its face from the coming of another, Snow Country is a landmark novel of exquisite yearnings, dreams of youth and the sanctity of hope. In elegant, shimmering prose, Sebastian Faulks has produced a work of timeless resonance.

  • Publisher: Cornerstone
  • ISBN: 9781786330185
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Weight: 592g
  • Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 34 mm

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Snow Country
A European historical exploration of humankind
Snow Country is a beautiful examination of 20th century Europe as the characters negotiate the coming and aftermath of both World Wars. Although the threat... READ MORE
Helen  Precious
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Snow Country
⭐️ 2.5 ⭐️ Snow Country is a well-written, well-researched character-driven novel. Although this is a sequel, it can be easily read as a standalone. Unfor... READ MORE
Snow Country
Beautiful and heart-wrenching
I’ve not read many of Sebastian Faulks’ books, despite having loved Birdsong and enjoyed an excellent audio performance of A Possible Life. Snow Country is... READ MORE
Anne O'Connell
Snow Country
Beautifully written book
I will start by confessing I’m a big fan of Sebastian Faulks writing, and this is another great read. He is most definitely a master craftsman and this is... READ MORE
Lynne Packer
Snow Country
Some absorbing sections
This ambitious character driven novel spans 1906 to 1933 and is set principally in Austria with Vienna and the sanatorium at Schloss Seeblick being central... READ MORE
Celia Short
Snow Country
Beautifully crafted and superbly characterised writing.
Set in Austria in the years 1914 to 1933, this is not just a war novel but a deeply human story too, of relationships, politics, trauma, hatred and redempt... READ MORE
Kaye Fraser
Snow Country
Interesting social history
This would not have been my choice of story were it not for wanting to review something a little different. I engaged with the book as I enjoy historically... READ MORE
Diana Ellis
Snow Country
This is a novel for those who enjoy a focus on the inner life.
Following on from Sebastian Faulks’ 2005 ‘Human Traces, ‘Snow Country’ is another thematically ambitious novel, set principally in Austria in the first thi... READ MORE
Sarah D
Snow Country
A bit slow
This book set mainly in Austria tells the story of two characters,Anton and Lena, moving from 1914 to 1933.It covers a range of topics, from the building o... READ MORE
Evelyn  Love-Gajardo
Snow Country
Literary novel centred around an Austrian sanatorium
Sebastain Faulkes new novel follows the fate of three main characters in Austria from 1903 through the course of one war to the rumblings of a second. In 1... READ MORE
Carolyn Scott
Snow Country
Sebastian Faulks is the voice of the human heart
With SNOW COUNTRY, Sebastian Faulks reaffirms his place as one of the greatest novelists of our times. It is both learned and lyrical and confirms Mr Faulk... READ MORE
Melanie Fraser
Snow Country
Not my favourite Sebastian Faulks...
Thanks so much to Vintage for letting me read Snow Country in advance. Sebastian Faulks is one of my favourite authors but sadly I wasn't so keen on this o... READ MORE
Rachel Walker
Snow Country
A Memorable Novel
I love historical fiction with characters who feel isolated, suffer from losses or misunderstanding and seek to understand themselves. No wonder the latest... READ MORE
Beata Be
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Snow Country
Set in Austria, the events of Sebastian Faulks' latest novel, Snow Country, take place between 1906 and 1933 and it focuses on three main characters, whose... READ MORE
Snow Country
Snow Country
This is the first novel I have read by author Sebastian Faulks. I know he is a highly regarded, well established author, so I was very interested to read ... READ MORE
Snow Country
Historical novel set in AUSTRIA
3.75* This is a loose follow up to Human Traces and a trilogy is planned. As ever, the writing is beguiling. It is a story of the workings of the human mi... READ MORE
Snow Country
Human Traces lite
Sebastian Faulks has published quite a canon of works over the last thirty years and has often referred to his longest novel Human Traces as an unfinished ... READ MORE
Jonathan Pool
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Never Fails to Please
I am a fan of Sebastian Faulks books and this one did not fail to please. Wonderfully descriptive with relatable characters and an engrossing story.
Milton of Campsie  Annie
Snow Country
Richly detailed and complex novel.
Snow Country' is a sequel to Faulks' novel 'Human Traces' but it can be read as a stand-alone as the books are loosely connected rather than featuring the ... READ MORE
Deborah Small
Snow Country
A wonderful book
A beautiful story. I love Sebastian Faulks’ writing and was very much looking forward to reading this new book. It says it is second of a trilogy but you ... READ MORE
Carolyn Smith