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World War I was said to be the war to end all wars. But who were the men that fought this war? What happened to them before they were soldiers? And what remained after? Andrew Krivak's short novel The Sojourn, offers some answers to these questions as well as offering a meditation on language and storytelling as tools for promoting peace. Words and shared language build relationships in this book. And at the end of the Great War, which consumes the middle portion of the novel, the shadow of these relationships is what remains, along with the remnants of a destroyed Empire. It is from these ashes of society and identity that Jozef Vinich must rise or burn and which ashes readers must sift to discover the root of peace. After all, this is a book on which The Dayton Literary Peace Prize was bestowed.