Unknown Soldiersfollows the fates of a ramshackle troupe of
machine-gunners in the Second World War, as they argue, joke,
swear, cadge a loaf of bread or a cigarette, combat both boredom
and horror in the swamps and pine forests - and discover that war
will make or break them.
V in Linna (1920-1992) was one of the most influential Finnish authors of the 20th century. He shot to immediate literary fame with his third novel, Tuntematon sotilas (Unknown Soldiers), and consolidated his position with the trilogy T ll Pohjant hden alla (Under the North Star).
One of the best war novels ever written * Guardian *