Bit by bit, the ravages of age are eroding Marina s grip on the everyday And while the elderly Russian woman cannot hold on to fresh memories the details of her grown children s lives, the approaching wedding of her grandchild her distant past is preserved vivid images that rise unbidden of her yo

The Nazi siege of Leningrad from 1941 to 1944 was one of the most gruesome battles of World War II Nearly three million people endured it just under half of them died For twenty five years the distinguished journalist and historian Harrison Salisbury pieced together this remarkable narrative of v

n Can a woman ever really know herself if she doesn t know her mother From the author of the smash hit bestseller Firefly Lane and True Colors comes a powerful, heartbreaking novel that illuminates the intricate mother daughter bond and explores the enduring links between the present and the past

Elena Gorokhova grows up in 1960 s Leningrad where she discovers that beauty and passion can be found in unexpected places in Soviet Russia n nA Mountain of Crumbs is the moving story of a young Soviet girl s discovery of the hidden truths of adulthood and her country s profound political deception.

Called elegantly, starkly beautiful by The New York Times Book Review, The Siege is Helen Dun s masterpiece Her canvas is monumental the Nazis 1941 winter siege on Leningrad that killed six hundred thousand but her focus is heartrendingly intimate n nOne family, the Levins, fights to s

A riveting and emotionally absorbing portrait of post war Soviet Russia, a world of violence and terror, where the severest acts of betrayal can come from the most trusted allies n nInternationally acclaimed author Helen Dun follows her bestselling novel, The Siege, with a riveting and emotionall

The golden skies, the translucent twilight, the white nights, all hold the promise of youth, of love, of eternal renewal The war has not yet touched this city of fallen grandeur, or the lives of two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanova, who share a single room in a cramped apartment with their broth

All offers of surrender from Leningrad must be rejected, wrote Adolph Hitler on September 29, 1941, at the outset of Operation Barbarossa In this struggle for survival, we have no interest in keeping even a proportion of the city s population alive During the famed 900 day siege of Leningrad, t

On September 8, 1941, eleven weeks after Hitler launched Operation Barbarossa, his brutal surprise attack on the Soviet Union, Leningrad was surrounded The siege was not lifted for two and a half years, by which time some three quarters of a million Leningraders had died of starvation n nAnna Reid s

Koschei the Deathless is to Russian folklore what devils or wicked witches are to European culture a menacing, evil figure the villain of countless stories which have been passed on through story and text for generations But Koschei has never before been seen through the eyes of Catherynne Valent

In June 1941, Nazi troops march on Leningrad and surround it Hitler s plan is to shell, bomb, and starve the city into submission Most of the cultural elite are evacuated early in the siege, but Dmitri Shostakovich, the most famous composer in Russia, stays on to defend his city, digging ditches a