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Secret Protocols

(2005)
A novel by

 
 
Set in wartime Estonia, this was the last novel by Peter Vansittart, one of the greatest historical novelists of the 20th century.

Erich's odyssey begins when his Estonian childhood is ended by the outbreak of World War II. He arrives in 1945 Paris, where his life seems full of promise. But a love affair drives him to England to work for the Estonian government-in-exile. His imagined island of monarchs, Churchill, and gentlemen evaporates into one of scornful youth, insular adults, and an underground of spies, political crooks, and fanatics. Sojourns in Europe further underline that war and corruption are not extinct and that, in his own life, the most profound shocks are those of friendship and love. Beneath the drift towards a united Europe, Erich realizes that treaties do not always end war, that solemn rites cannot guarantee love, and that the inevitable can fail to happen.

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"A novel that is grandly powerful, illumined by knowledge, insight, originality...Let us celebrate Peter Vansittart as a literary treasure." - Sybille Bedford


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Hardback Editions

March 2006 : Hardback
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Title: [Secret Protocols (Peter Owen Modern Classics)] [Author: Peter Vansittart] [March, 2006]
Author(s): Peter Vansittart
Publisher: Peter Owen
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April 2005 : UK Hardback
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Title: Secret Protocols (Peter Owen Modern Classics)
Author(s): Peter Vansittart
ISBN: 0-7206-1264-0 / 978-0-7206-1264-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Peter Owen
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Kindle Editions

January 2014 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Secret Protocols
Author(s): Peter Vansittart
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April 2005 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Secret Protocols
Author(s): Peter Vansittart
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