The Betrayal

The Betrayal

Hardback Thorndike Core

By (author) Helen Dunmore

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  • Publisher: Thorndike Press
  • Format: Hardback | 607 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 218mm x 33mm | 703g
  • Publication date: 4 January 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Waterville, ME
  • ISBN 10: 1410444252
  • ISBN 13: 9781410444257
  • Edition: Large type / large print
  • Edition statement: large type edition
  • Sales rank: 1,801,530

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In 1952 Leningrad, Andrei, a young doctor, and Anna, a nursery school teacher, are forging a life together in the postwar, post-siege wreckage. Like millions of Russians, their happiness depends on avoiding the claws of Stalin's merciless Ministry of State Security. When Andrei is forced to treat the seriously ill child of a senior secret police officer, his every move is scrutinized, and it becomes painfully clear that his fate, and that of his family, is bound to the child's.

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--Short-listed for The Orwell Prize and The Commonwealth Writers' Prize (South Asia and Europe) --Long listed for the Man Booker Prize "An emotionally charged thriller, "The Betrayal" unfolds breathlessly and with great skill. . . . You don't want to put it down. . . . Elegant yet devastating."--"The Seattle Times" "Enormously readable, ["The Betrayal"] personalizes in intimate detail a harsh and important period in modern Russian history."--"Library Journal" "Beautifully crafted, gripping, moving, enlightening. Sure to be one of the best historical novels of the year."--"Time Out" (London) "Magnificent, brave, tender."--"Independent on Sunday" "Eloquently conveys . . . a terrible chapter in history. . . . This is a book that should be read and valued." --"Washington Times" "Historical fiction of the highest order." --"Kirkus Reviews" "A masterpiece. An extraordinarily powerful evocation of a time of unimaginable fear. We defy you toa