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One Night in Winter (The Moscow Trilogy)

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    Simon Sebag Montefiore(Author)
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.

"Gripping and cleverly plotted. Doomed love at the heart of a violent society is the heart of Montefiore's One Night in Winter... depicting the Kafkaesque labyrinth into which the victims stumble." (The Sunday Times)"A nail-biting drama ... Montefiore writes brilliantly about love, timeless dilemmas, family devotion, teenage romance and the grand passion of adultery. Readers of Sebastian Faulks and Hilary Mantel will lap this up." (Mail on Sunday)"A master storyteller when writing as a historian, Sebag Montefiore’s fiction is just as compelling in this thriller set in Stalin’s Moscow." (GQ)"A thrilling work of fiction. Montefiore weaves a tight, satisfying plot, delivering surprises to the last page. Stalin's chilling charisma is brilliantly realised. The novel's theme is Love: family love, youthful romance, adulterous passion. One Night in Winter is full of redemptive love and inner freedom." (Evening Standard)"There were several first-class novels of historical intrigue in 2014; this finely written chronicle of privileged adults and children afraid for their lives in the treacherous upper reaches of Stalin’s Russia in 1945 is in a league of its own." (Wall Street Journal)"What happens when you cross Donna Tartt’s The Secret History with one of the scariest times in Russian history? You end up with Simon Sebag Montefiore’s One Night in Winter ... Based in truth, this novel will keep you biting your nails until the very end." (Books and What Not Blog)"Snuggle up in front of the fire with a glass of red and this captivating story ... a dark enigmatic thriller ... the way he weaves fiction and history is a true gift." (Marie Claire)"Seriously good fun... the Soviet march on Berlin, nightmarish drinking games at Stalin's countryhouse, the magnificence of the Bolshoi, interrogations, snow, sex and exile... lust adultery and romance. Eminently readable and strangely affecting." (Daily Telegraph)"Not just a thumpingly good read, but also essentially a story of human fragility and passions, albeit taking place under the intimidating shadow of a massive Stalinist portico." (The National)"Compulsively involving. Our fear for the children keeps up turning the pages... We follow the passions with sympathy... The knot of events tugs at a wide range of emotions rarely experienced outside an intimate tyranny." (The Times)

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  • By Kindle Customer on 19 July 2017

    The beauty and strength of human relationships shows up most clearly against the often dark shadow of real life. This story illustrates this in the context of bleak totalitarian Russia at the end of the war. It is hard to believe that it's leaders were so paranoid that they imprisoned children for playing out their fantasies, but they did; State sponsored child abuse! This well told fiction has its roots in fact.

  • By Mr A.N. Moore on 21 July 2017

    Once I got into the story I could not put the book down. The amazing thing is that the plot at times seems highly improbable, especially the treatment of young children, let alone an 18 year old girl, BUT as the appendix explains it is based on events that really happened in Stalin's Russia. If anything shows the unpredictable and cruel nature of a criminal state led by a paranoid and amoral leader who ruled by fear and terror this does. The book personalises and therefore brings to life the research of an outstanding historian of the period. An excellent follow up is to read Orlando Figes, " The Whisperers" which tells the story of Stalin's Russia through the the memories of people who endured the rule of this brutal dictator.

  • By vpbsurrey on 19 April 2017

    I found this book extremely boring and harrowing. Having read Sashenka, I was looking forward to it but had to give up on it. Will stick to his wife's novels in future.

  • By Kindle Customer on 7 March 2017

    Not an easy read. However an engaging one. I was pleased I had persevered until the last chapter although it was quite exhausting.

  • By Hyancinth on 25 January 2016

    I bought this book almost three years ago and have just decided to read it in the last week.Fascinating, well written and compulsive.I fell in love with the majority of characters and really felt their true emotions.It is like a fine wine, enveloping the reader as it takes it's course.Enough said,just read it.

  • By e pierson on 29 June 2017

    I am a real fan of political and historical fiction and also in factual accounts of the period involved - this however is a terrible disappointment from such a noted historian and Im not sure I can be bothered finishing it. The 'love' aspect is paramount in the narrative and is just really not my cup of tea - the historical aspect is really secondary and seems almost a throwaway add-on.

  • By BusyB on 19 June 2017

    Intelligent thriller mixing fact and fiction to create a gripping story. Portrays the paranoia and danger of Stalin's Russia.It made me want to go back and read more non-fiction about the period.

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