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About the Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore

Simon Sebag Montefiore is the author of the global bestsellers 'The Romanovs' and 'Jerusalem: the Biography,' 'Stalin: the Court of the Red Tsar' and Young Stalin and the novels Sashenka and now One Night in Winter. His books are published in over 45 languages and are worldwide bestsellers. He has won prizes in both non-fiction and fiction. He read history at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University, where he received his Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD).
'The Romanovs' is his latest history book. 'One Night in Winter' is his most recent novel.

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"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

"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

"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

"The novel is hugely romantic. His ease with the setting and historical characters is masterly. The book maintains a tense pace. Uniquely terrifying. Heartrending. Engrossing. " The Scotsman

“Delicately plotted and buried within a layered, elliptical narrative, One Night in Winter is also a fidgety page-turner which adroitly weaves a huge cast of characters into an arcane world.” Time Out

“A novel full of passion, conspiracy, hope, despair, suffering and redemption, it transcends boundaries of genre, being at once thriller and political drama, horror and romance. His ability to paint Stalin in such a way to make the reader quake with fire is matched by talent for creating truly heartbreaking characters: the children who find themselves at the centre of a conspiracy, the parents…. A gripping read and must surely be one of the best novels of 2013. ” NY Journal of Books

"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

"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." Sunday Telegraph

" "Hopelessly romantic and hopelessly moving. A mix of lovestory thriller and historical fiction. Engrossing." The Observer

“Gripping. Montefiore’s characters snare our sympathy and we follow them avidly. This intricate at times disturbing, always absorbing novel entertains and disturbs and seethes with moral complexity. Characters real+fictitious ring strikingly true.It is to a large extent Tolstoyan …..” The Australian

“Enthralling. Montefiore writes brilliantly about Love - from teenage romance to the grand passion of adultery. Readers of Sebastian Faulks and Hilary Mantel will lap this up. A historical novel that builds into a nail-biting drama … a world that resembles… Edith Wharton with the death penalty.” Novel of the Week. Mail on Sunday

"A gripping thriller about private life and poetic dreams<

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Goodreads rating: 3.93

Paperback, Published in Jun 2010 by Alvabet

ISBN10: 0552154571 | ISBN13: 9780552154574

Page count: 648

erilhami kisah nyata, sejarawan Simon Montefiore menuturkan kisah epik Sashenka Zeitlin dalam novel yang amat memukau ini. Sashenka Zeitlin adalah bangsawan Yahudi Rusia yang tertangkap dalam kisah asmara revolusi dan kemudian dihancurkan oleh polisi rahasia Stalin. Sebelum itu, setahun menjelang Revolusi Bolshevik pecah pada 1917, Sashenka–kala itu masih remaja berusia 16 tahun–ditangkap polisi rahasia Tsar yang telah mengendus kegiatan subversifnya.
Bagian awal novel ini, ber-setting St. Petersburg 1916, menggambarkan bagaimana Sashenka, di bawah asuhan paman Bolsheviknya, menjadi seorang revolusioner idealis yang naif, yang terpesona dengan perannya sebagai kurir gerakan bawah tanah dan menolak latar belakang borjuisnya. Cerita bergulir ke Moskow tahun 1939, ketika Sashenka dan suaminya, seorang pejabat partai, berada di puncak kesuksesan dalam lingkaran politik. Hubungan asmara Sashenka dengan seorang penulis membuat dia ditangkap dan menghadapi tuntutan; dalam penggambaran yang hidup penyiksaan psikologis dan fisik, Sashenka dipaksa memilih antara keluarganya, kekasihnya, dan perjuangannya...
Kisah ini sungguh kompleks, dan kehidupan para tokohnya begitu gamblang di depan latar belakang yang seolah nyata. Kisah Sashenka tersembunyi selama setengah abad lebih, hingga seorang sejarawan muda berhasil menelusuri arsip pribadi Stalin dan menemukan hikayat menggugah tentang hasrat dan pengkhianatan, kekejaman dan heroisme, sejarah dan penyelamatan: perihal seorang perempuan yang terpaksa mengambil pilihan sulit.

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