A LOVE STORY
During WW2, a young South African soldier is captured and sent to a POW camp in Italy where he fights to survive, and falls in love with a fellow soldier in the process. A beautifully wrought novel, Bitter Eden focuses on the emotions that are brought to the surface by the physical closeness of survival in the male-only camps, and leaves our characters not only changed by war, but by love.
“A gripping study of the dehumanizing effects of war
and an empathetic portrait of illicit love.”
“Bitter Eden reinvents and rescues that thing called the love story from the knowing, arch exile of the last ﬁfty years with a willful, passionately perverse innocence.”