Sophie's Choice

Author(s): William Styron

Classic Fiction

It is the summer of 1947, and Stingo is living in a boarding house in a leafy Brooklyn suburb. There he meets Nathan, a fiery Jewish intellectual; and Sophie, a beautiful and fragile Polish Catholic. Stingo is drawn into the heart of their passionate and destructive relationship as witness, confidant and supplicant. Ultimately, he arrives at the dark core of Sophie's past: her memories of pre-war Poland, the concentration camp and - the essence of her terrible secret - her choice.

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'Someday I will understand Auschwitz. This was a brave statement but innocently absurd. No one will ever understand Auschwitz' To mark the centenary of the First World War, Vintage is launching a unique collection of war fiction. April 2014 will see the publication of twelve works by the greatest writers of the last century, each tackling this most powerful and universal of subjects.

A masterpiece, [which leaves] more conventional treatments of the Holocaust, such as Schindler's List, looking obtuse and sentimental The Times William Styron's Sophie's Choice is a landmark of mid-20th-century American fiction - an impressively fat novel that most literate Americans claim to have read even if they haven't Sunday Telegraph A weighty, passionate novel ... courageous [and] masterly New York Times Styron is a writer's writer, capable of setting a pastoral idyll in Brooklyn, and the traumas narrated occur alongside a classic American coming-of-age story Guardian, 1000 novels everyone must read Read it if you can bear. Independent

Born in Newport News, Virginia, in 1925, William Styron was educated at Duke University. He served in the Marine Corps during the last war, and was recalled to service during the Korean War. After 1952, he lived mainly in Europe, before settling in a rural part of Connecticut. He is the author of The Long March, Lie Down in Darkness, Set This House on Fire and Sophie's Choice. He has also published Darkness Visible, the remarkable story of his descent into depression, the collection This Quiet Dust and Other Writings, and A Tidewater Morning. William Styron died in 2006.

General Fields

  • : 9780099597599
  • : Vintage
  • : Vintage Classics
  • : 0.369
  • : April 2014
  • : 178mm X 110mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : April 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : William Styron
  • : 640
  • : 813.54
  • : Paperback