" The Betrayal" by Helen Dunmore was long listed for the Man Booker prize, and should at least have made the shortlist. It is set in 1952 in Leningrad, where the siege during the war still haunts the city. Beware of the Kindle version!
I suppose Helen Dunmore's book is good. I loved The Siege. But when I downloaded the Kindle book of The Betrayal, it turned out to be the play of the same name by Harold Pinter.
So I returned it. The Betrayal by Helen Dunmore,available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. The Betrayal by Helen Dunmore Among the citys forlorn children, Anna will be familiar to readers of The Siege.
In that earlier novel, Anna was the daughter of a dissident writer who, with her young lover Andrei, a medical student, survives the 900day siege of Leningrad. In 1996 Dunmore won the first Orange prize for her haunting incest novel A Spell of Winter.
The Siege sold 100, 000 copies and brought a different kind of success. With The Betrayal she has spliced a rather cosy domestic story with the horrible history of Stalin's Russia, and written an absorbing and thoughtful tale of good people in hard times. author Helen Dunmore follows her bestselling novel, The Siege, with a riveting and emotionally absorbing portrait of postwar Soviet Russia, a world of violence and terror, where the severest acts of betrayal can come from the most trusted allies.
Examine how Dunmore captures this in the thoughts and actions of her characters. Find examples throughout the novel of the ways that Stalin's rule and emphasis on society and" collectivism" has entered the human psyche. Set during and just after the First World War, The Lie is an enthralling, heartwrenching novel of love, memory and devastating loss by one of the UKs most acclaimed storytellers. Cornwall, 1920, early spring. A young man stands on a headland, looking out to sea.