Leningrad, September 1941. German tanks surround the city, imprisoning those who live there. The besieged people of Leningrad face shells, starvation and the Russian winter. Interweaving two love affairs in two generations, this novel draws us into the Levin's family struggle to stay alive.
- Paperback | 304 pages
- 111.76 x 177.8 x 25.4mm | 158.76g
- 06 Jun 2002
- Penguin Books Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
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A Tolstoyan epic of love and war; life and death...she writes beautifully * Sunday Telegraph * Remarkable, affecting...there are few more interesting stories than this; and few writers who could have told it better * Rachel Cusk, Daily Telegraph * Utterly convincing. A deeply moving account of two love stories in terrible circumstances. The story of their struggle to survive appears simple, as all great literature should...A world-class novel * Antony Beevor, The Times * Literary writing of the highest order set against a background of suffering so intimately reconstructed it is hard to believe that Dunmore was not there * Sunday Telegraph * A remarkable parable of human survival against the odds * Mail on Sunday * In this wise, humane and beautifully written novel she has written a masterpiece * Independent * A searing historical novel. Dunmore vividly evokes the unbelievable cold, privations and violence as people struggle to survive...an extraordinary description of the horrors of the time * Sunday Express * An important as well as a thrilling work of art * Independent on Sunday * A moving and powerful novel in which Dunmore employs all her celebrated descriptive and narrative skills...beautiful * Daily Mail * A harrowing, urgent narrative of cold, starvation and the battle to survive * Sunday Times *