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A jubilant Moscow is celebrating the Soviet Union's victory over Hitler when gunshots ring out though the city's crowded streets. In the shadow of the Kremlin, a teenage boy and girl are found dead. But this is no ordinary tragedy, because these are no ordinary teenagers. As the children of high-ranking Soviet officials, they inhabit a rarefied world that revolves around the exclusive Josef Stalin Commune School 801. The school, which Stalin's own children attended, is an enclave of privilege - but, as the deaths reveal, one that hides a wealth of secrets. Were these deaths an accident, a suicide pact…or murder?
Certain that a deeper conspiracy is afoot, Stalin launches a ruthless investigation. In what comes to be known as the Children's Case, youths from all over Moscow are arrested by state security services and brought to the infamous interrogation rooms of the Lubyanka, where they are forced to testify against their friends and their families. Among the casualties of these betrayals are two pairs of illicit lovers, who find themselves trapped at the center of Stalin's witch hunt. As the Children's Case follows its increasingly terrifying course, these couples discover that the decision to follow one's heart comes at a terrible price.
A haunting evocation of a time and place in which the state colluded to corrupt and destroy every dream, One Night in Winter is infused with the desperate intrigue of a political thriller. The eminent historian Simon Sebag Montefiore weaves fact and fiction into a richly compelling saga of sacrifice and survival, populated by real figures from the past. But within the darkness shines a deeply human love story, one that transcends its moment as it masterfully explores our capacity for loyalty and forgiveness.
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By joseph miller on 05-05-15
Where does One Night in Winter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
one of the best- clearly
Any additional comments?
The book is so compelling. It is an amazing story, made better by the history it is wrapped in. I could not stop listening and felt like I was learning as I was drawn deeper into the story. I finished not just satisfied with an ever deepening plot but also feeling that I had learned something about the Russian people, Outstanding.
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By brian on 07-17-17
Love, death, and more in Stalinist Russia
If you could sum up One Night in Winter in three words, what would they be?
History, fiction, amazing.
What other book might you compare One Night in Winter to and why?
As good as Young Stalin, one of the author's earlier books.
Which scene was your favorite?
The scenes with Stalin and the members of his court.
Who was the most memorable character of One Night in Winter and why?
The children, for their POV's on things, Satinov as well.
Any additional comments?
A must-have for fans of historical fiction.
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