Winner of the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for his debut novel, The Zookeeper’s War, Steven Conte returns to World War II for his stunning new book, The Tolstoy Estate. It is 1941 and Hitler has repeated Napoleon’s fatal misstep of invading Russia. In winter. A German medical unit find themselves quartered at Yasnaya Polyana, the ancestral estate of Tolstoy, where surgeon Paul Bauer becomes enthralled by its Director and the legacy of the great Tolstoy that surrounds them. An epic, ambitious tale of love, war and literature.
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Steven Conte's debut novel, The Zookeeper's War, won the inaugural Australian Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction. It was also shortlisted for the 2008 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book and for the 2007 Christina Stead Prize for Fiction. The Tolstoy Estate is his second novel.
Ashley Hay is an essayist and novelist based in Brisbane. Her most recent novel is A Hundred Small Lessons. She is the editor of Griffith Review.