The Dark of Summer by Eric Linklater
(Canongate Classics, 91)

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In the early years of the Second World War an army officer is sent to the Faroe Islands to investigate rumours of a collaboration with the Nazi regime in Norway. What he finds changes lives, not least his own.

No one who reads this book will forget the frozen corpse tied to a chair in an icehouse guarded by two drunken seamen, or the raging storm which batters their, ship as they carry the body to Shetland.

That's just the beginning. As the tale takes grip, the reader becomes haunted, just as the characters are haunted by a sense of guilt and betrayal.

One of the finest of Linklater's later, deeper, darker novels, The Dark of Summer combines national and family histories as it sets out to understand the past, redeem the corrosion of memory and find meaning in a world of divided loyalties.


About Eric Linklater

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ERIC LINKLATER (1899–1974) is the author of Juan in America and The Wind on the Moon, which was awarded the Carnegie Medal and nominated for Best Book of 1944.NANCY PEARL is a regular commentator on NPR's Morning Edition, the author of Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason, and the 2004 winner of the Women's National Book Association Award. She lives in Seattle, Washington
Published January 1, 1956 by Michael Joseph. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Scotland's north coast islands, espionage, the war in North Africa and Italy, on to Korea -- and a rounding out of Highland Scotch Tony Chishelm's romance with Gudrun -- all centers around the eccentricities of Mungo Wishart, whose life and death shadow Tony in all his wartime experiences.

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After discovering that two drunken Scandinavian seamen are keeping the frozen corpse of a Nazi sympathizer in their icehouse, Chisholm goes on the trail of Mungo Wishart, a wealthy Shetland Islands landowner who was seen conversing with the now-frozen collaborator.

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