The Siege

The Siege

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Baker & Taylor
Set against the turbulent backdrop of Leningrad in 1941, a novel of love and war follows the Levin family--twenty-two year-old Anna, her young brother Kilya, and their father, Mikhail--as they struggle to survive during the German siege.

Blackwell North Amer
At the beginning of The Siege, sudden news of German attack rips the peaceful Levin family from their countryside retreat, throwing their world into unimagined turmoil. Soon all of Leningrad is trapped by the besieging German army, but daily life must go on. While little Kolya plays with his toy fort, his tiny body grows cruelly thin. While twenty-two-year-old Anna dreams of an artist's life, she must forage for food in the ever more desperate city. Likewise, Dunmore's lush, lyrical appreciation of life's comforts - a fire in the hearth, jam on the tongue - dwells in The Siege even amid the darkest despair.
Before the siege is over, a mysterious ex-actress and a gentle young doctor come to the Levins' frozen little apartment. Not all of the five will survive, but their struggle and their tragedy will ultimately bear hope for a new beginning.

Baker
& Taylor

Set against the turbulent backdrop of Leningrad in 1941, an intricately woven tapestry of love and war follows the Levin family--twenty-two-year-old Anna, her young brother Kolya, and their father, Mikhail--as they struggle to survive during the German siege. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Grove Press, 2001
ISBN: 9780802117007
0802117007
Characteristics: 293 p. ; 22 cm

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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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