The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian

The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian

1943: Tucked away in the idyllic hills south of Florence, the Rosatis, an Italian family of noble lineage, believe that the walls of their ancient villa will keep them safe from the war raging across Europe. Eighteen-year-old Cristina spends her days swimming in the pool, playing with her young niece and nephew, and wandering aimlessly amid the estate’s gardens and olive groves. But when two soldiers, a German and an Italian, arrive at the villa asking to see an ancient Etruscan burial site, the Rosatis’ bucolic tranquillity is shattered. A young German lieutenant begins to court Cristina, the Nazis descend upon the estate demanding… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Antisemitism & Nazism
  • Murder of a sister-in-law
  • World War Two