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Sashenka In the bestselling tradition of "Doctor Zhivago" and "Sophie's Choice, " a sweeping epic of Russia from the last days of the Tsars to today's age of oligarchs -- by the prizewinning author of "Young Stalin."Winter 1916: St. Petersburg, Russia, is on the brink of revolution. Outside the Smolny Institute for Noble Girls, an English governess is waiting for her young charge to be released from school. But so are the Tsar's secret police...
Beautiful and headstrong, Sashenka Zeitlin is just sixteen. As her mother parties with Rasputin and their dissolute friends, Sashenka slips into the frozen night to play her part in a dangerous game of conspiracy and seduction.
Twenty years on, Sashenka is married to a powerful, rising Red leader with whom she has two children. Around her people are disappearing, while in the secret world of the elite her own family is safe. But she's about to embark on a forbidden love affair that will have devastating consequences.
Sashenka's story lies hidden for half a century, until a young historian goes deep into Stalin's private archives and uncovers a heartbreaking tale of betrayal and redemption, savage cruelty and unexpected heroism -- and one woman forced to make an unbearable choice.
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His next novel, One Night in Winter, will be published in September 2013 in the UK and spring 2014 in the USA.
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Praise for One Night in Winter:
"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
"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
"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
"The novel is hugely romantic. His ease with the setting and historical characters is masterly. The book maintains a tense pace. Uniquely terrifying. Heartrending. Engrossing. " The Scotsman
“Delicately plotted and buried within a layered, elliptical narrative, One Night in Winter is also a fidgety page-turner which adroitly weaves a huge cast of characters into an arcane world.” Time Out
“A novel full of passion, conspiracy, hope, despair, suffering and redemption, it transcends boundaries of genre, being at once thriller and political drama, horror and romance. His ability to paint Stalin in such a way to make the reader quake with fire is matched by talent for creating truly heartbreaking characters: the children who find themselves at the centre of a conspiracy, the parents…. A gripping read and must surely be one of the best novels of 2013. ” NY Journal of Books
"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 Nationa
"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." Sunday Telegraph
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About the Author:
Simon Sebag Montefiore is the author of the prize winning history books Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar and Jerusalem: The Biography, and the novel Sashenka. His books are world-wide bestsellers and are now published in 40 languages. His latest novel, One Night in Winter, is due to be published in the UK in September 2013 and in America in early 2014. While researching his Stalin books, he interviewed some of the real children arrested in the extraordinary case that insprired this novel.
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Reading Sashenka Online - skip forward to 1939 when sashenka and her party apparatchik husband are at the zenith of success until sashenkas affair with a disgraced writer leads to arrests and accusations; in vivid - book reviews sashenka is an intriguing portrait of the people who brought down the czars and went on to serve the soviet state during stalinismhas some pleasures of the great russian novels new york times simon montefiores first novel is a historical whodunit with the epic sweep of a hollywood movie the author of the bestselling biography young stalin montefiore is a natural - sashenka is a novel with many qualities and when judged specifically as a first novel it is excellent its no surprise that the historical detail is strong but it is impressive that the author never gets mired in it; montefiore deploys his historical knowledge as a means to an end rather than as the end in itself - book reviews sashenka is an intriguing portrait of the people who brought down the czars and went on to serve the soviet state during stalinismhas some pleasures of the great russian novels new york times simon montefiores first novel is a historical whodunit with the epic sweep of a hollywood movie the author of the bestselling biography young stalin montefiore is a natural - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -