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One Night in Winter av Simon Sebag…
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One Night in Winter (urspr publ 2013; utgåvan 2014)

av Simon Sebag Montefiore (Författare)

Serier: The Moscow Trilogy (2)

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If your children were forced to testify against you, what terrible secrets would they reveal? Moscow 1945. As Stalin and his courtiers celebrate victory over Hitler, shots ring out. On a nearby bridge, a teenage boy and girl lie dead. But this is no ordinary tragedy and these are no ordinary teenagers, but the children of Russia's most important leaders who attend the most exclusive school in Moscow. Is it murder? A suicide pact? Or a conspiracy against the state? Directed by Stalin himself, an investigation begins as children are arrested and forced to testify against their friends - and their parents. This terrifying witch-hunt soon unveils illicit love affairs and family secrets in a hidden world where the smallest mistakes will be punished with death.… (mer)
Medlem:MrPenybanc
Titel:One Night in Winter
Författare:Simon Sebag Montefiore (Författare)
Info:Arrow Books (2014), 454 pages
Samlingar:Fiction read, Ditt bibliotek
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One Night in Winter av Simon Sebag-Montefiore (2013)

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This novel is very compelling and I was somewhat horrified by the historical note at the end which discussed the actual historical events this novel draws on. Set amidst the Soviet elite, this story opens with the murder-suicide of two teens, both children of high-ranking officials in Moscow. As the story progresses, arrests and conspiracies compound as what begins as a playful, satirical exercise morphs into multiple arrests and corruption at the high levels of the Soviet state. The author has done his research and presents a compelling and disturbing picture of Soviet life. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone interested in this time and place. ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Sep 14, 2021 |
A gripping story of conspiracy and love. My favourite book of 2013. ( )
  neal_ | Apr 10, 2020 |
As befits an historian of the quality of Simon Sebag Montefiore this novel evokes the world of the upper echelons of Stalin's Russia extremely well. We see the privileged lives of Politburo members and their families - expensive homes, servants, chauffeurs, clothes and general plenty (including food). We also see the twists and turns in a fantastical society where political power is vested in the hands of a single man and where that man is as driven by rumour, superstition, jealousy, fear and partiality as any other.

Even if the ending does have some uplift to it, this is a downbeat novel (don't look for jokes, there aren't any). The destruction of peoples' lives based on nothing but a whim and using their own children to shape and deliver that destruction does not make for edifying reading. The section of the book dealing with the interrogation of the children was too long and too repetitive.

This has to much historical and not quite enough fiction, for me. ( )
  pierthinker | Jul 28, 2018 |
This was, for me, a very difficult book to follow. It is the story of post WWII school children in Russia being arrested and interrogated in prison. Each of these children, one as young as 6 years old is made to sign a confession indicating their parents in some sort of government plot to over throw Stalin.

There is so much in this book and it was so hard for me to take it all in and to make sense of. I think that if I knew more about Russian history than I could have given it a higher rating.


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  PamV | Mar 27, 2018 |
To say that I enjoyed reading this book would be taking it too far. But it was an enriching experience. Set in the days after the collapse of the Third Reich, it focuses on the lives of a group of children and teenagers and their parents, and how the power of the Stalinist state pervaded the intimate reaches of people's lives. At the end of the book the author writes that it is a story of love, but that it could not have been written to be set in a village in England (I think me mentions Hampstead). So in this way the book conveys some of the aspects of life of post World War II in Soviet Russia. Woven into the story are real people - Stalin, Beria, even Averell Harriman, others are used as models for the story. In the background there is also the story of Jews in Russia, and topic for which I know the author better.
Read it for the love story and the poetry, or read it for the history - it's worth it. ( )
  robeik | Feb 5, 2018 |
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Not a soul knew about it and... probably no one would ever know. He was leading a double life: one was undisguised, plain for all to see and known to everyone who needed to know, full of conventional truths and conventional deception, identical to the lives of his friends and acquintances; and another which went on in secret. And by some strange, possibly fortuitous chain of circumstances, everything that was important, interesting and necessary for him, where he behaved sincerely and did not deceive himself and which was the very essence of his life - that was conducted in complete secrecy.

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If your children were forced to testify against you, what terrible secrets would they reveal? Moscow 1945. As Stalin and his courtiers celebrate victory over Hitler, shots ring out. On a nearby bridge, a teenage boy and girl lie dead. But this is no ordinary tragedy and these are no ordinary teenagers, but the children of Russia's most important leaders who attend the most exclusive school in Moscow. Is it murder? A suicide pact? Or a conspiracy against the state? Directed by Stalin himself, an investigation begins as children are arrested and forced to testify against their friends - and their parents. This terrifying witch-hunt soon unveils illicit love affairs and family secrets in a hidden world where the smallest mistakes will be punished with death.

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