Review: Snow Country by Sebastian Faulks

‘I believe that we are lost, at the mercy of chance and that history laughs at our attempts to make a pattern or a plan.’

“Snow Country” is a melancholic love story in which two people, irrevocably scarred by their past, find themselves on a collision course with each other, and the discovery of their own hidden selves, at the snowbound Schloss Seeblick sanatorium.

This is the second novel in Sebastian Faulks’ Austrian trilogy, published sixteen years after “Human Traces,” their connection (as far as I could tell without giving anything away) restricted mostly to geography and theme. Set in Vienna, and stretched over the turbulent period between the two world wars when Europe was torn in half, its two principals are aspiring journalist Anton, and Lena; born into poverty, to an alcoholic mother, and unable to perceive a better life for herself. 

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