A Farewell to Arms
Colm Tóibín introduces Hemingway’s early masterpiece.
Hemingway’s novel chronicles the experiences of Frederic Henry, an American serving on the Italian Front as an ambulance driver in 1915. After being injured by a shell, he begins a love affair with a beautiful English nurse, Catherine Barkley. But after his return to the Front, the tide begins to turn against the Allies, and following the desperate Italian retreat at Caporetto, Frederic’s only escape is with Catherine. Moulded from Hemingway’s own experiences on the Italian Front, Frederic’s narrative resembles a memoir, mirroring Hemingway’s lifelong quest for the most ‘truthful’ form of the written word. Conversations are presented in veracious bursts, events are reported in precise, matter-of-fact detail. And while exposing the chaos of war, the writing also shows us the naivety of love, and how, in the end, fate is our sole commander.
‘A most beautiful, moving and humane book’
- Vita Sackville-West
Three-quarter-bound in buckram with a printed Modigliani paper front board
Set in Guardi with Gill Sans display
Frontispiece and 8 colour illustrations
9˝ x 6¼˝