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Four Soldiers

Four Soldiers

Hubert Mingarelli

Translated by Sam Taylor from French

Published by Granta, Portobello Books

A narrator remembers the harsh winter of 1919, fighting in the Russian Civil War on the Romanian front.  Setting up camp in a forest, he and his three closest friends from the battalion discover a pond which becomes a secret place for the four young men to smoke, rest, wash and talk. Four Soldiers is about those precious months of waiting for spring to come, for their battalion to move on and for the inevitable resumption of war and its horror. It is a short, beautiful novel about friendship and the fragments of happiness that illuminate the darkness.