The Siege

The Siege

Book - 2001
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Leningrad, September 1941. German tanks surround the city, imprisoning those who live there. The besieged people of Leningrad face shells, starvation and the Russian winter. Interweaving two love affairs in two generations, this novel draws us into the Levin's family struggle to stay alive.
Publisher: London : Penguin Group, 2001
ISBN: 9780670897186
0670897183
Branch Call Number: FIC/DUN 4565 1

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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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