Michael Ondaatje is the author of The English Patient, named last year the best Booker Prize winner in the award's 50-year history. As his acclaimed 2018 novel, Warlight, arrives in paperback, he recommends six other visions of war.
The Radetzky March by Joseph Roth (1932)
One of the 20th century's great historical novels, The Radetzky March follows three generations of an Austrian family caught up in military campaigns, but it is much more intimate than military, and it captures three eras brilliantly.
A Month in the Country by J. L. Carr (1980)
Two men, emotionally damaged, return to a small English town after the First World War. The central character is hired to restore a church mural, and as the plot unfolds and the ancient mural becomes visible, the two men's stories become profoundly interconnected.