Meet Libby. Learn more here
We want your feedback!
Click here
Cover Image

While the Gods Were Sleeping

by Erwin Mortier Author · Paul Vincent Translator


Sign up to save your library

With an OverDrive account, you can save your favorite libraries for at-a-glance information about availability. Find out more about OverDrive accounts.

   Not today
While the Gods Were Sleeping is a novel about the magnitude and impact of the First World War, the recollections of which are recorded in the notebooks of the elderly Helena. The young Helena is sent to her uncle's country house before the war, and from here she witnesses scenes of indescribable horror. But it is also where she meets Matthew again, a British Army photographer who she goes on to marry. This is a story not about spectacular events; rather, Mortier is concerned with writing about war, history and the past with great empathy and engagement, and with a mixture of melancholy, qualification and resignation.

Publication Details

Steerforth Press
Pushkin Press
Publication Date:


  • Kindle Book
  • OverDrive Read
  • Adobe EPUB eBook 1.2 MB

Erwin Mortier (Author)

Erwin Mortier My Fellow Skin (2000) and Shutterspeed (2002) and the novella All Days Together (2004) quickly established his reputation as one of the leading authors of his generation. For While the Gods Were Sleeping (2008), a novel set against t...

More about Erwin Mortier
While the Gods Were Sleeping
Copy and paste the code into your website.