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Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay
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Jun 21, 12

really liked it
Read from June 11 to 21, 2012

A compelling and beautiful novel that weaves together stories of precarious, precious life in Stalinist Russia, characters trying to find connection and meaning in contemporary Boston, intrigue surrounding jewels and genealogy, as well as the interplay between poetry, music, love, ballet, and the lasting repercussions of betrayal. The most captivating parts of this novel are those that take place in the post-WWII Soviet Union where the characters are dealing with being artists and intellectuals who must negotiate living, loving, trusting, and surviving while surrounded by the constant terror--sometimes subtle, sometimes brutal, always insidious and pernicious--of a police state.
A thoroughly human novel that employs mystery and memory to explore how relationships can be fortified or broken--or both--in totalitarian and democratic societies, through grief, joy, and shared artistic passions.
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