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The betrayal

The betrayal

Dunmore, Helen, 1952-2017

The Betrayalis the sequel to Helen Dunmore's hugely successful historical novelThe Siege, set in Stalin's Russia. Leningrad, 1952. Andrei, a young hospital doctor and Anna, a nursery school teacher, are forging a life together in the post-war, post-siege wreckage. But their happiness is precarious, like that of millions of Russians who must avoid the claws of Stalin's merciless Ministry for State security. So when Andrei is asked to treat the seriously ill child of a senior secret police officer, he and Anna are fearful. Trapped in an impossible, maybe unwinnable game, can they avoid the whispers and watchful eyes of those who will say or do anything to save themselves? The Betrayalis a powerful and touching novel of ordinary people in the grip of a terrible and sinister regime, and a moving portrait of a love that will not be extinguished. 'Beautifully crafted, gripping, moving, enlightening. Sure to be one of the best historical novels of the year'Time Out 'Scrupulous, pitch-perfect. With heart-pounding force, Dunmore builds up a double narrative of suspense'Sunday Times 'Magnificent, brave, tender...with a unique gift for immersing the reader in the taste, smell and fear of a story'Independent on Sunday 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, andTalking to the Dead, and her collection of short storiesLove of Fat Menare all published by Penguin. Helen also writes for children, her titles includeThe DeepandIngo

Paperback, Book. English.
Published London: Penguin, 2010
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Details

Statement of responsibility: Helen Dunmore
ISBN: 014104683X, 9780141046839
Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Note: Originally published: London: Fig Tree.
Note: Formerly CIP.
Physical Description: 328 p. ; 20 cm.
Subject: Saint Petersburg (Russia) Social life and customs Fiction.; Soviet Union History 1925-1953 Fiction.

Author note

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 Prize for Fiction 2002;Mourning Ruby;House of Orphans;Counting the StarsandThe Betrayalwhich was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2010. She is also a poet, children's novelist and short-story writer.

Reviews

Enthralling. Emotionally gripping . . . ordinary people struggling against a city's beautiful indifference, and clinging on for dear life
Daily Telegraph||Beautifully crafted, gripping, moving, enlightening. Sure to be one of the best historical novels of the year
Time Out||Scrupulous, pitch-perfect. With heart-pounding force, Dunmore builds up a double narrative of suspense
Sunday Times||Magnificent, brave, tender . . . with a unique gift for immersing the reader in the taste, smell and fear of a story
Independent on Sunday||A masterpiece. An extraordinarily powerful evocation of a time of unimaginable fear. We defy you to read it without a pounding heart and a lump in your throat
Grazia||A beautifully written and deeply moving story about fear, loss, love and honesty amid the demented lies of Stalin's last days. I literally could not put it down||Dunmore chillingly evokes the atmosphere of Soviet suspicion, where whispered rumours and petty grievances metastasise into lies and denunciation. A gripping read
Daily Mail||Meticulous, clever, eloquent. An absorbing and thoughtful tale of good people in hard times
Guardian||A remarkably feeling, nuanced novel that satisfies the head as well as the heart. This does not read like a retelling of history, but like a draught of real life. With her seemingly small canvas, Dunmore has created a universe
Sunday Herald||Dunmore's genius lies in her ability to convey the strange Soviet atmosphere of these very Soviet stories using the most subtle of clues
Spectator||Storytelling on a grand scale
The Times