Generations of Winter (Paperback)
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Short Description for Generations of Winter Compared by critics across the country to War and Peace for its memorable characters and sweep, and to Dr. Zhivago for its portrayal of Stalin's Russia, Generations of Winter is the romantic saga of the Gradov family from 1925 to 1945. "A long, lavish plunge into another world".--USA Today.
- Published: 21 March 1995
- Format: Paperback 608 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780679761822 ISBN 10: 0679761829
- Sales rank: 566,374
Full description for Generations of Winter
Written in the great tradition of epic Russian fiction, Generations of Winter is a magnificent saga that captures one of the most fascinating chapters in modern history - the Soviet Union in the years 1925 to 1945. Breathtaking in its scope, masterful in its command of historical events and its understanding of timeless human truths, the novel has been likened to a twentieth-century War and Peace, and it marks a bold and brilliant departure for celebrated Russian author Vassily Aksyonov. At the center of this vast panoramic work is the genteel Gradov family. Patriarch Boris is an esteemed surgeon, his wife, Mary, a pianist, has two great passions - her family and the music of Chopin. Their elder son, Nikita, is a dashing officer in the Red Army, their younger son, Kirill, is a philosopher and devout Marxist, and their daughter, Nina, is a free-spirited poet with a dangerous tendency to speak her mind. Propelled by their loves, ambitions, and beliefs, the Gradovs cross paths with such historical figures as Joseph Stalin and head of the secret police Lavrenty Beria, who are brought unforgettably to life in these pages. As Stalin's power grows in the 1930s, the Soviet Union is plunged into a period of unprecedented intrigue, paranoia, and oppression, and the Gradovs suffer their share of tragedy. When the nation is caught up in the tidal wave of the Second World War, we follow the family through episodes of heroism and betrayal, victory and loss, on the battlefield and the home front alike. Supremely ambitious, artistically daring, deeply satisfying, Generations of Winter is a modern classic.