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In this sweeping historical novel, a Russian girl from a wealthy Jewish family turns revolutionary and marries a high-level Bolshevik. She embarks on a disastrous affair years later that endangers her two children and twists her from a loyal Communist into yet another of Stalin's victims. The history and characters are fascinating, but the narration is marred by Anne Flosnik's flat characterization and implausible Russian accent, which evokes a bad Bela Lugosi imitation. Furthermore, her self-conscious diction prevents listeners from relaxing into the flow of the story. A Simon & Schuster hardcover (Reviews, Sept. 15).(Jan.)
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An adolescent schoolgirl from a privileged family of Jewish lineage, whose ideas of politics and revolution come from novels, Sashenka Zeitlin comes face-to-face with reality when she is arrested by czarist secret police in 1916 St. Petersburg. Undeterred by this and encouraged by her uncle, an associate of Lenin, she throws herself into the Bolshevik movement, becoming a double agent and hastening the dawn of the Soviet Union. By 1939, Sashenka has become a mother, married to a Communist official. Living in relative ease, they host parties of such repute that even Stalin attends. Despite the couple’s surviving unscathed Stalin’s purges of 1937 and 1938, the revolution’s need to devour its children eventually overtakes even true believers made especially vulnerable by indiscreet love affairs. In 1994 the Soviet Union has collapsed, but Sashenka’s legacy cannot so easily be put to rest. Montefiore’s command of Russian history makes the novel’s details especially vibrant. --Mark Knoblauch --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Very interesting subject and well-researched, with full of suspense. Yet, I think it could have been better throughout if the relation between Sashenka and her children as well as... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Skoog Voodoo
This book is my favourite book of all time! I have read many books over the years but this one stands alone. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jenny
One of my favorite books, so much emotion and reality of Soviet era...it builds slowly, develops and ends with a grand finale, like some Beethoven Symphony...Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A fantastic novel from beginning to end. Brilliantly formed characters, incredible plot and a deep insight into Russian history. I just could not put this book down.Published 2 months ago by David Casey
I really liked the look into historical Russia and the changing times, as well as changing opinions of Shashenka. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lora
I find myself transported to the Russia of the last century with its amazing splendour and opulence of the privileged few,all to disappear with rise of the Bolsheviks and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
What a great, intense read . It was rated as a great Russian read and it truly is.Published 4 months ago by Mark and Maureen Sather
very good insight to the people who lived at such a different time.Historical references were very good.Stays with you for a whilePublished 4 months ago by peggy deel