The Balkan Trilogy

Omnibus ed

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Publisher's Synopsis

'Her gallery of personages is huge, her scene painting superb, her pathos controlled, her humour quiet and civilised' Anthony Burgess

'So glittering is the overall parade - and so entertaining the surface - that the trilogy remains excitingly vivid; it amuses, it diverts and it informs, and to do these things so elegantly is no small achievement' Sunday Times


'A fantastically tart and readable account of life in eastern Europe at the start of the war' Sarah Waters

The Balkan Trilogy is the story of a marriage and of a war, a vast, teeming, and complex masterpiece in which Olivia Manning brings the uncertainty and adventure of civilian existence under political and military siege to vibrant life.

At the heart of the trilogy are newly-weds Guy and Harriet Pringle, who arrive in Bucharest - the so-called Paris of the East - in the autumn of 1939, just weeks after the German invasion of Poland. Guy's lecturing job awaits, alongside friends and the ever-ardent Sophie - but for Harriet, alone and naive, it's a strange new life. Other surprises follow: Romania joins the Axis, and before long German soldiers overrun the capital. The Pringles flee south to Greece, part of a group of refugees made up of White Russians, journalists, con artists, and dignitaries. In Athens, however, the couple will face a new challenge of their own...

Book information

ISBN: 9781786091567
Publisher: Random House UK
Imprint: Windmill
Pub date:
Edition: Omnibus ed
DEWEY: 823.914
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 1040
Weight: 710g
Height: 129mm
Width: 198mm
Spine width: 54mm