The Sojourn A Novel


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Publication Date: 2011-04-09T14:25:41.142Z

National Book Award Finalist

Winner of The Chautauqua Prize

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Winner 2012 Dayton Literary Peace Prize

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Praise for The Sojourn

Unsentimental yet elegant…with ease [The Sojourn] joins the ranks of other significant works of fiction portraying World War I – Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front or Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms.

Library Journal (starred review)

The Sojourn is a work of uncommon strength by a writer of rare and powerful elegance about a war, now lost to living memory, that echoes in headlines of international strife to this day.

– Mary Doria Russell, author of A Thread of Grace

Charged with emotion and longing…this lean, resonant debut [is] an undeniably powerful accomplishment.

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

The Sojourn is a fiercely wrought novel, populated by characters who lead harsh, even brutal lives, which Krivak renders with impressive restraint, devoid of embellishment or sentimentality. And yet—almost despite such a stoic prose style—his sentences accrue and swell and ultimately break over a reader like water: they are that supple and bracing and shining.

– Leah Hager Cohen, author of House Lights

Surging in pace and momentum, The Sojourn is a deeply affecting narrative conjured by the rhythms of Krivak’s superb and sinuous prose. Intimate and keenly observed, it is a war story, love story, and coming of age novel all rolled into one. I thought of Lermontov and Stendhal, Joseph Roth and Cormac McCarthy as I read. But make no mistake. Krivak’s voice and sense of drama are entirely his own.

– Sebastian Smee The Boston Globe

Some writers are good at drawing a literary curtain over reality, and then there are writers who raise the veil and lead us to see for the first time. Krivák belongs to the latter. The Sojourn, about a war and a family and coming-of-age, does not present a single false moment of sentimental creation. Rather, it looks deeply into its characters’ lives with wisdom and humanity, and, in doing so, helps us experience a distant past that feels as if it could be our own.

– National Book Awards Judges’ Citation for The Sojourn (2011 Fiction Finalist)
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