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The Ice Saints
04 May 2017 * EBOOK * £7.99 * 9781784978228

An award-winning novel depicting life in Poland behind the Iron Curtain.

Fiction / FA (Fiction)
Extent: 256 pages
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The Ice Saintsby Frank Tuohy, introduction by Neal Ascherson

The drawing-room was entirely English. The Office of Works had provided deep armchairs, a sofa you could have slept on, though of course nobody had ever done so, and a low glass-topped table.

A young English woman arrives in the Polish People's Republic to visit her older sister, who married a Polish soldier after the war, disappearing into a life behind the Iron Curtain. This award-winning novel of the harsh cruelties and deprivations of life in Communist Poland is told with truth, wit and understanding.

 
John Francis Tuohy (1925-1999) was a novelist and short story writer. After studying Moral Sciences and English at Cambridge, he worked for the British Council in a number of academic posts abroad, including Krakow, Poland. The Ice Saints, his third novel, won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and James Tait Black Prize.

First published in 1964 last in print 1966.

Awarded Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and James Tait Black Memorial Prize.

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'A masterly novel, at once ferociously funny and compassionately sad in its depiction of the subterfuges and small betrayals by which people struggle to survive in a Communist state' Independent

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