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By Cameron Macauley,Robie Macauley

In 1916 Melchior von Fuchsheim has survived twenty months within the trenches of the Western entrance whilst he's unexpectedly and mysteriously transferred to a distant outpost excessive within the Austrian Alps. There the Austrians face the Italians in an international of mountaintops, crevasses and howling blizzards. Melchior is advised to start paintings on garage chambers to be hollowed out of the ice at the fringe of the glacier. A crystallographer via education, Melchior comes to a decision that a complete citadel may be equipped less than the ice, to guard the Austrian troops from the fierce climate in addition to from Italian snipers and artillery.

But development the Eisfestung, the ice fort, includes nice own dangers and common conflicts together with his superiors, who've their very own principles approximately easy methods to continue, and Melchior reveals himself suffering to safeguard the Jewish conscripts below his command. within the technique, Melchior explores an international "in caves of natural crystal ice, a few of them grander and extra attractive than any cathedral in the world. A struggle so unusual that one by no means believed it; one lived it yet couldn't end up it existed. Unearthly good looks, just like the middle of a diamond visible via a microscope, mingled with arctic demise in each moment."

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