A Soldier of the Great War

A Soldier of the Great War

By Mark Helprin; David Colacci (Read by)

Audiogo, Compact Disc, 9781602833128, 24pp.

Publication Date: October 2007


From acclaimed novelist Mark Helprin comes a lush, literary epic about love, beauty, and the world at war.

Alessandro Giuliani, the young son of a prosperous Roman lawyer, enjoys an idyllic life full of privilege: he races horses across the country to the sea, he climbs mountains in the Alps, and, while a student of painting at the ancient university in Bologna, he falls in love. Then the Great War intervenes. Half a century later, in August of 1964, Alessandro, a white-haired professor, tall and proud, meets an illiterate young factory worker on the road. As they walk toward Monte Prato, a village seventy kilometers away, the old man a soldier and a hero who became a prisoner and then a deserter, wandering in the hell that claimed Europe tells him how he tragically lost one family and gained another. The boy, envying the richness and drama of Alessandro's experiences, realizes that this magnificent tale is not merely a story: it's a recapitulation of his life, his reckoning with mortality, and, above all, a love song for his family.

About the Author
Mark Helprin was educated at Harvard, Princeton, and Oxford and served in the Israeli Army, Israeli Air Force, and British Merchant Navy. He is the author of, among other titles, A Dove of the East and Other Stories, Refiner s Fire, Winter s Tale, and A Soldier of the Great War. He lives in Virginia.

David Colacci has been an actor and a director for over thirty years, and has worked as a narrator for over fifteen years. He has won "AudioFile" Earphones Awards, earned Audie nominations, and been included in Best of Year lists by such publications as "Publishers Weekly", "AudioFile" magazine, and "Library Journal".