- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Arrow (27 Feb. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099580330
- ISBN-13: 978-0099580331
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.1 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (227 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
One Night in Winter (The Moscow Trilogy) Paperback – 27 Feb 2014
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"Gripping and cleverly plotted. Doomed love at the heart of a violent society is the heart of Montefiore's One Night in Winter... depicting the Kafkaesque labyrinth into which the victims stumble." (The Sunday Times)
"A nail-biting drama ... Montefiore writes brilliantly about love, timeless dilemmas, family devotion, teenage romance and the grand passion of adultery. Readers of Sebastian Faulks and Hilary Mantel will lap this up." (Mail on Sunday)
"A master storyteller when writing as a historian, Sebag Montefiore’s fiction is just as compelling in this thriller set in Stalin’s Moscow." (GQ)
"A thrilling work of fiction. Montefiore weaves a tight, satisfying plot, delivering surprises to the last page. Stalin's chilling charisma is brilliantly realised. The novel's theme is Love: family love, youthful romance, adulterous passion. One Night in Winter is full of redemptive love and inner freedom." (Evening Standard)
"There were several first-class novels of historical intrigue in 2014; this finely written chronicle of privileged adults and children afraid for their lives in the treacherous upper reaches of Stalin’s Russia in 1945 is in a league of its own." (Wall Street Journal)
"What happens when you cross Donna Tartt’s The Secret History with one of the scariest times in Russian history? You end up with Simon Sebag Montefiore’s One Night in Winter ... Based in truth, this novel will keep you biting your nails until the very end." (Books and What Not Blog)
"Snuggle up in front of the fire with a glass of red and this captivating story ... a dark enigmatic thriller ... the way he weaves fiction and history is a true gift." (Marie Claire)
"Seriously good fun... the Soviet march on Berlin, nightmarish drinking games at Stalin's countryhouse, the magnificence of the Bolshoi, interrogations, snow, sex and exile... lust adultery and romance. Eminently readable and strangely affecting." (Daily Telegraph)
"Not just a thumpingly good read, but also essentially a story of human fragility and passions, albeit taking place under the intimidating shadow of a massive Stalinist portico." (The National)
"Compulsively involving. Our fear for the children keeps up turning the pages... We follow the passions with sympathy... The knot of events tugs at a wide range of emotions rarely experienced outside an intimate tyranny." (The Times)
By the author of the world-wide bestsellers, Jerusalem, and Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar, and based on a true story, a heart-breaking, addictively readable love story set in Stalin's Russia.See all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
Their experience being interrogated in the notorious Lubyanka prison is written superbly - full of claustrophobic tension and the threat of danger which extends to their parents who wait outside anxiously unable to express their fears in case which they know will be interpreted as implied criticism of Stalin and make an appalling situation worse. As senior officials they know the rules of the game in Soviet Russia in 1945.This is the highlight of an excellent book.
Ultimately the book is about love. The middle section takes a step back in time to build up the story of two relationships and those love affairs feature prominently in the later part of the book. But it's the love of a teacher for his students that is the most striking and tragic part of the story.
Unfortunately this book is not the usual genre I would normally read and I expected more of an historical storyline rather than a romance set in Stalins era.
Passable as a light holiday read but otherwise quite forgettable or suitable for a teenager.
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I have given this book four stars. It brings to life how life could be living and working under Stalin, the plots and the intrigue. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Wendy
Fiction based in fact, this had me reading with an undercurrent of dread and horror all the way through. Gripping stuff.Published 3 months ago by Mrs Cathy Robson