The Siege

The Siege

Book - 2001
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'Remarkable, affecting . . . There are few more interesting stories than this; and few writers who could have told it better' Rachel Cusk, Daily Telegraph Leningrad, September 1941. Hitler orders the German forces to surround the city at the start of the most dangerous, desperate winter in its history. For two pairs of lovers - Anna and Andrei, Anna's novelist father and banned actress Marina - the siege becomes a battle for survival. They will soon discover what it is like to be so hungry you boil shoe leather to make soup, so cold you burn furniture and books. But this is not just a struggle to exist, it is also a fight to keep the spark of hope alive . . . The Siege is a brilliantly imagined novel of war and the wounds it inflicts on ordinary people's lives and a profoundly moving celebration of love, life and survival. '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' Richard Overy, Sunday 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 'A remarkable parable of human survival against the odds' Katie Owen, Mail on Sunday
Publisher: London : Viking, 2001.
ISBN: 9780241952191
9780670897186
0670897183
Branch Call Number: DUN
Characteristics: 293 p.

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WVMLStaffPicks Sep 10, 2014

Helen Dunmore’s award-winning novel takes place during the siege of Leningrad. The Levin family is trapped inside the city during one of the most brutal campaigns of WWII. Dunmore shifts between the story of the city and the intimate details of a family struggling with day to day life. She captures the incredible emotions of living with deprivation, fear, hope, and love in a brutal time. The Levin’s story is continued with The Betrayal which occurs during Stalin’s 1950s Russia.

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uncommonreader
Aug 02, 2012

This is the story of the 1941 seige of Leningrad and the wounds of war as they occur in people's everyday lives. It is also a love story. This is a wonderful book. "The Betrayal" continues the story.

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Jul 02, 2012

The Siege starts with a frontispiece culled from Hitler's secret papers: the 1941 call for the obliteration of Leningrad and all of its inhabits. Dunmore plunges the reader into the lives of Anna, little brother Kolya, and her father Mikhail, a once successful writer whose work has fallen out of favor. Their lives are already in the grip of Stalin's paranoic regime at the novel's start , but as the Germans' blockade cuts the city off from external supports, the questions preoccupying Anna and her father shift as they must focus on survival. Without an ounce of sentimentality, Dunmore paints a world of frigid cold and gut aching hunger. She forces the reader to ponder the questions that haunt Anna: under threat of death, do I choose life or succumb to the passivity of despair? Could I survive with body, mind and humanity intact?

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