Roy Jacobsen: Borders

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Robert Junior never knew the father he was named after, an American G.I. who was captured during the Battle of the Bulge and who fell briefly into the arms of a Belgian nurse.

Growing up with his mother in the lush forests of the Ardennes, Robert turns for guidance to his godfather, Markus Hebel, a Belgian who served in the German army in Russia.

Breaking the silence around his painful past, Markus speaks of the consequences and madness of war – of the son he lost at Stalingrad and the courage of the men who tried to free the trapped German soldiers with a desperate charge across the frozen steppe.

In so doing, Markus reveals a secret he has kept since the war, and a doubt that has gnawed at him for twenty years. Did he, a lowly radio operator, waste a chance to save an entire army from annihilation?