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The Balkan Trilogy by Olivia Manning
The Balkan Trilogy recounts in fictional form the author's Second World War experiences as the young bride of a British Council lecturer, first in Romania, then in Greece and finally in Egypt, moving always away from the advancing German army. This is one of the finest accounts of the impact of war on Europe and on its people.
Olivia Manning was born in Portsmouth and grew up in
Ireland. The Levant Trilogy continues The Balkan Trilogy,
with the entire sequence entitled The Fortunes of War.
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