Sashenka

Sashenka

Book - 2008
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Winter, 1916: In St Petersburg, Russia on the brink of revolution. Outside the Smolny Institute for Noble Young Ladies, 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 18. In the evenings when her mother is partying with Rasputin and her dissolute friends, Sashenka becomes Comrade Snowfox and slips into the frozen night to play her part in a dangerous game of conspiracy and seduction. Twenty years on, and Sashenka is married to a dashing Communist leader with whom she has two children. Around her people are disappearing, but her own family is safe. But she is about to embark on a forbidden love affair, which 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 heart-breaking story of passion and betrayal, savage cruelty and unexpected heroism-and one woman forced to make an unbearable choice.
Publisher: Toronto : McArthur, 2008.
ISBN: 9781552787373
Branch Call Number: MON
Characteristics: 540 pages ; 23 cm

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okinpa
Sep 14, 2015

Haven't read anything like parts one and two since I was about nineteen. It was almost more than I could take, but I'm glad I stuck with it till part three, by far the best section. Now I'm motivated to read some of the books listed in the acknowledgments.

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kusamartist
Sep 08, 2013

Fascinating and chilling account of life near Stalin's inner circle and the psychology behind such extreme loyalty to a culture of fear and destruction.

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Castaway
Dec 27, 2011

This is a great read! The story keeps you on your toes.

achristinej Mar 02, 2011

This has been one of my favorite reads ever!

The characters are so well developed and the story bordering so close to non-fiction; I had a difficult time remembering it wasn't fact, or that I wasn't somehow personally involved in the story!

It has been awhile since I have read a book this great; I highly recommend it to anyone enjoying historical fiction, Russian history and just an overall great story.

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Melanie_0
Jun 24, 2009

Definitely a good read. The story line itself was good,and the historical fiction aspect very interesting.

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crooked_kate Mar 12, 2012

When she returned to the city, she began to lecture the workers' groups. She met ordinary workers, proletarians in the colossal Petrograd arms factories, men, women, even children who possessed a gritty decency she had never encountered before. They slaved in dangerous factories and existed in airless grimy dormitories without bedding or bath or lavatories, without light or air, living like rats in a subterranean hell. And she met the workers who manufactured the rifles and howitzers that had made her own father a rich man. Daily, she worked with the most fiery and dedicated Party members who risked their lives for the Revolution. The clandestine world of committees, codes, conspiracy and comrades intoxicated her--and how could it not? It was the drama of history!

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