The Betrayal

The Betrayal

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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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Product details

  • Hardback | 607 pages
  • 149.86 x 218.44 x 33.02mm | 703.06g
  • Waterville, ME, United States
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type / large print edition
  • 1410444252
  • 9781410444257
  • 2,444,928

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--Short-listed for The Orwell Prize for Political Writing
--Short-listed for The Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book (South Asia and Europe)
--Long listed for the 2010 Man Booker Prize for Fiction
"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"
"A masterpiece. An extraordinarily powerful evocation of a time of unimaginable fear. We defy you to read it without a pounding heart and a lump in your throat."--"Grazia"
"A remarkably feeling, nuanced novel . . . With her seemingly small canvas, Dunmore has created a universe."--"Sunday Herald"
"Enthralling. Emotionally gripping . . . ordinary people struggling against a city's beautiful indifference, and clinging on for dear life."--"Daily Telegraph"
"Scrupulous, pitch-perfect. With heart-pounding force, Dunmore builds up a double narrative of suspens
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1,554 ratings
3.96 out of 5 stars
5 27% (415)
4 48% (739)
3 22% (337)
2 3% (50)
1 1% (13)
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