The Siege

Paperback | May 24, 2011

byHelen Dunmore

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Helen Dunmore follows the lives of four ordinary people, united by love, trying to survive the siege of Leningrad in her powerful historical novel The Siege. 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. 'Remarkable, affecting...there are few more interesting stories than this; and few writers who could have told it better' Rachel Cusk, Daily Telegraph 'Literary writing of the highest order set against a background if 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 Novelist and poet Helen Dunmore has achieved great critical acclaim since publishing her first adult novel, the McKitterick Prize winning, Zennor in Darkness. Her novels, Counting the Stars, Your Blue-Eyed Boy, With Your Crooked Heart, Burning Bright, House of Orphans, Mourning Ruby, A Spell of Winter, and Talking to the Dead, and her collection of short stories Love of Fat Men are all published by Penguin. This edition includes the first chapter of Betrayal, the sequel to The Siege.

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Helen Dunmore follows the lives of four ordinary people, united by love, trying to survive the siege of Leningrad in her powerful historical novel The Siege. 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 - ...

Helen Dunmore has published eleven novels with Penguin: Zennor in Darkness, which won the McKitterick Prize; Burning Bright; A Spell of Winter, which won the Orange Prize; Talking to the Dead; Your Blue-Eyed Boy; With Your Crooked Heart; The Siege, which was shortlisted for the 2001 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award and for the Orange ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 7.75 × 5.05 × 0.82 inPublished:May 24, 2011Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0241952190

ISBN - 13:9780241952191

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing read! I could not put this down!
Date published: 2016-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mr This is wonderful book. It captures the siege of Leningrad so well you actually feel like your there omongst the starving people. Helen Dunmore writes with such clarity and emotion, she sweeps you along in a tide of exploration into the minds of poor starving people, the likes of which are required to stoop so low in order to survive.
Date published: 2014-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous book A great book, well worth a read. Amazing insight into the tragic events of the Leningrad Siege. I believe there is a follow on to this story, The Betrayal.
Date published: 2014-02-05