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This is an auction for ICE ROAD by Gillian Slovo.

"South African novelist and playwright Slovo delivers a chilling historical novel about a group of Soviets living in Leningrad between the world wars. The tale opens with the observations of Irina Davydovna, a simple cleaning woman who survived the sinking of the Chelyuskin (an actual research ship that became ice-bound on its way to the Arctic in 1933). Irina delivers devastating descriptions of the Soviet Union--Stalin's military purges, the murder of Leningrad Chief Sergei Mironovich Kirov, the desperation of citizens in the clutches of an oppressive political regime. The novel loses steam when it switches to third-person narrative, highlighting the precarious personalities that populate Irina's life. Among them: her employer Boris Alexsandrovich, a government official torn between loyalty to his family and loyalty to the state; moody intellectual Anton Antonovich; and a fearless orphan named Anya. Slovo's prose is luminous, evoking a landscape as cold and deadly as an ice pick to the heart."
- Booklist (US)

Amazon.com review:

"Loyalties, beliefs, love, family ties: all are tested to the limit in one of the most devastating moments of human history: the siege of Leningrad during World War II. A well-meaning bureaucrat, thinks he can negotiate between idealism and politics. His daughter learns otherwise when, as a young woman in love, she is almost crushed by her father's compromises. Exciting and heroic, peopled with wonderfully complex characters, Ice Road is a masterpiece."

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Paperback 2005.

247 pages.

Very good condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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