Such a moving, powerful story of love, war, literature and longing. Seen through a German surgeon during the doomed Russian invasion in 1941. It showed me so well the horrors of war (made iso look like a holiday) the camaraderie of war, as well as the gift literature is in times of crisis. The story line centers around the surgeon reading War and Peace during their occupation and his admiration for Tolstoy. I’ve never read anything like it. Beautifully described “a coil of her auburn hair, escaped from her ushanka, was frantically whipping her face” so poignant. Absolutely unforgettable.