One Night in Winter

One Night in Winter

A Novel

eBook - 2014
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Inspired by a true story, prize-winning historian and acclaimed novelist Simon Sebag Montefiore explores the consequences of forbidden love in this heartbreaking epic of marriage, childhood, danger, and betrayal that unfolds in Stalin's Moscow during the bleak days after World War II.As Moscow celebrates the motherland's glorious victory over the Nazis, shots ring out on the crowded streets. On a nearby bridge, a teenage boy and girl—dressed in traditional nineteenth-century costumes—lie dead. But this is no ordinary tragedy, because these are no ordinary teenagers. As the son and daughter of high-ranking Soviet officials, they attend the most elite school in Moscow. Was it an accident, or murder? Is it a conspiracy against Stalin, or one of his own terrifying intrigues? On Stalin's instructions, a ruthless investigation begins into what becomes known as the Children's Case. Youth across the city are arrested and forced to testify against their friends and their parents. As families are ripped apart, all kinds of secrets come spilling out. Trapped at the center of this witch-hunt are two pairs of illicit lovers, who learn that matters of the heart exact a terrible price. By turns a darkly sophisticated political thriller, a rich historical saga, and a deeply human love story, Montefiore's masterful novel powerfully portrays the terror and drama of Stalin's Russia.
Publisher: 2014
ISBN: 9780062291905
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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lmm789
Jan 01, 2015

Phooey! Unconvincing sentimental twaddle suitable for a Hollywood B-movie - a disappointment from the author of two credible non-fiction accounts of the Reign of Terror under Stalin. It might have been better to have based the story on actual people and events as in the case of the excellent story depicted in the film, East West. Truth is always scarier than fiction. In the absence of authentic accounting, I would prefer narrative by contemporary Russian writers themselves, those who remember or whose parents remember the terrifying knock on the door in the middle of the night and the sound of footsteps as a neighbor or relative is frogmarched away to his doom.

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becker
Dec 18, 2014

I really enjoyed this piece of historical fiction that takes place in Stalin controlled Russia. A harmless children's game ending in tragedy sparks an investigation that leads to the arrest and interrogation of the children belonging to Stalin's elite group of advisers. As the book progresses, the situation becomes bleaker and bleaker, building dread and tension the whole time. Inspired by a true story.

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May 17, 2014

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