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City of Thieves

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From the critically acclaimed author of The 25th Hour and When the Nines Roll Over and co-creator of the HBO series Game of Thrones, a captivating novel about war, courage, survival -- and a remarkable friendship that ripples across a lifetime. During the Nazis' brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a handsome deserter named Kolya. Instead of being executed, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter's wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt through the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and behind enemy lines to find the impossible.

By turns insightful and funny, thrilling and terrifying, the New York Times bestseller City of Thieves is a gripping, cinematic World War II adventure and an intimate coming-of-age story with an utterly contemporary feel for how boys become men.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 258 pages
  • 136 x 204 x 15mm | 222g
  • New American Library
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0452295297
  • 9780452295292
  • 82,215

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"The novel tells a refreshingly traditional tale, driven by an often ingenious plot . . . [Benioff] shifts tone with perfect control - no recent novel I have read travels so quickly and surely between registers, from humor to devastation."
-The New York Times Book Review "This spellbinding story perfectly blends tragedy and comedy."
-USA Today

"Splendid . . . Benioff has produced a funny, sad, and thrilling novel."
-Entertainment Weekly (Grade: A-)

"Benioff blends humor and horror expertly."
-San Francisco Chronicle

"A deft storyteller, Benioff writes about starvation, cannibalism, and Nazi atrocities with poise and cinematic flair. If Thieves were a movie, it would start out like Schindler's List and end up like Raiders of the Lost Ark."
-People

"City of Thieves is a coming-of-age story brilliantly amplified by its worn-torn backdrop . . . Benioff's finest achievement in "City of Thieves" has been to banish all possible pretensions from his novel, which never wears its research on its sleeve, and to deliver a rough-and-tumble tale that clenches humor, savagery, and pathos squarely together on the same page."
-The Washington Post

"City of Thieves is flat-out great . . . Benioff's screen writing chops are in full force here - the plot careens along with cinematic verve - but that's expected. The surprise is Benioff's understated wisdom and tenderness."
-Men's Journal

"David Benioff, has written a gripping war novel. With lots of humour, suspense and tragedy he shows the desperate lives of the people who were caught between two opposing forces during the Second World War."
-The Guardian
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About David Benioff

David Benioff was born and raised in New York City. He adapted his first novel, The 25th Hour, into the feature film directed by Spike Lee. With many other screenplays to his credit, he is also the writer of the films, "Brothers" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine". Stories from his critically acclaimed collection When the Nines Roll Over appeared in Best New American Voices and The Best Nonrequired American Reading. His latest novel is City of Thieves. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter where he is a co-creator and writer for the HBO hit series "Game of Thrones."
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89,465 ratings
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4 39% (35,284)
3 12% (10,441)
2 2% (1,752)
1 1% (519)
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