By Simon Sebag Montefiore
Encouraged by means of a real tale, prize-winning historian and acclaimed novelist Simon Sebag Montefiore explores the implications of forbidden love during this heartbreaking epic of marriage, early life, hazard, and betrayal that unfolds in Stalin's Moscow through the bleak days after global conflict II.
As Moscow celebrates the motherland's wonderful victory over the Nazis, pictures ring out at the crowded streets. On a close-by bridge, a teenage boy and girl—dressed in conventional nineteenth-century costumes—lie useless. yet this is often no traditional tragedy, simply because those are not any traditional young ones. because the son and daughter of high-ranking Soviet officers, they attend the main elite tuition in Moscow. was once it an coincidence, or homicide? Is it a conspiracy opposed to Stalin, or considered one of his personal terrifying intrigues?
On Stalin's directions, a ruthless research starts into what turns into often called the Children's Case. early life around the urban are arrested and compelled to testify opposed to their pals and their mom and dad. As households are ripped aside, all types of secrets and techniques come spilling out. Trapped on the heart of this witch-hunt are pairs of illicit fanatics, who examine that concerns of the guts specific a poor rate. by means of turns a darkly refined political mystery, a wealthy historic saga, and a deeply human love tale, Montefiore's masterful novel powerfully portrays the fear and drama of Stalin's Russia.