What Is "In Another Country" by Ernest Hemingway?


"In Another Country" is a short story written by Ernest Hemingway. It was published in 1927 as part of his "Nick Adams" series. The story revolves around the character of Nick as he recuperates in a Milan hospital during World War I.

The first half of the short story develops the setting of Milan as being alien to Nick. Hemingway makes an effort to put Nick in opposition with his surroundings to increase his feelings of insecurity. In particular, unlike some of the other patients in the hospital who are boastful of their heroics, Nick's injury was not because of bravery in battle.

In the second half of the story, Nick meets a decorated major whose hand was severely injured in the war. Nick is drawn to the silent major, and the reader ultimately discovers that in addition to his injury, the major's wife has recently passed away. Loss and ruin, overshadowed by war, saturate this short story.