The Undertaking by Audrey Magee

About the book

A soldier on the Russian Front marries a photograph of a woman he has never met. Hundreds of miles away in Berlin, the woman marries a photograph of the soldier. It is a contract of business rather than love. When the newlywed strangers finally meet, however, passion blossoms and they begin to imagine a life together under the bright promise of Nazi Germany. But as the tide of war turns and Allied enemies come ever closer, the couple find themselves facing the terrible consequences of being ordinary people stained with their small share of an extraordinary guilt…

Reviewed by Wallington Village

Depressing – we knew what was going to happen. A profound and disturbing subject. Although the ending needed to be sad, didn’t like it. A very detached style.

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