“Much of this novel appears to consist of two unconnected narratives: a modern-day tourist in Latin America loses his girlfriend in a fatal bus accident and in his despair reruns their love affair blaming himself for her death; a First World War soldier in the Austro-Hungarian army barely survives the extremes of battle and freezing winter weather, then walks across Siberia as an escaped POW surviving on the memory of his childhood sweetheart. Scheinmann ultimately connects these two stories in a tour de force that, like many of the best novels, is based on real events and is extremely moving upmarket commercial fiction. Apparently he wrote 10 drafts in six years, between his acting and storytelling tours. The result is mesmerising.”

Publishing News 2007