One Night In Winter: A Novel

Paperback | May 5, 2015

bySimon Sebag Montefiore

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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.

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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 victo...

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Inspired by events in Stalin's Moscow at the end of WWII, One Night in Winter begins with the shooting of two teenagers in the shadow of the Kremlin. As the children of Soviet officials, they inhabit a rarefied world that revolves around the exclusive Josef Stalin Commune School 801. The school is an enclave of privilege—but one that h...

Simon Sebag Montefiore's bestselling books are published in more than forty languages. He is the author of the critically acclaimed novelSashenka. As a historian, his works includeJerusalem: The Biography;Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar; andYoung Stalin, which won theLos Angeles TimesBook Prize for Biography, the Costa Biography Priz...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.79 inPublished:May 5, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062291890

ISBN - 13:9780062291899

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“A kind of Virgin Suicides for the Soviet set, speaking to much that’s dark in the human soul—but to what can redeem it, too.”