Sashenka: A Novel

Sashenka: A Novel

Simon Sebag Montefiore


In the bestselling culture of Doctor Zhivago and Sophie's Choice, a sweeping epic of Russia from the final days of the Tsars to contemporary age of oligarchs -- by means of the prizewinning writer of Young Stalin.

wintry weather 1916: St. Petersburg, Russia, is close to revolution. open air the Smolny Institute for Noble women, an English governess is anticipating her younger cost to be published from university. yet so are the Tsar's mystery police...

attractive and headstrong, Sashenka Zeitlin is simply 16. As her mom events with Rasputin and their dissolute buddies, Sashenka slips into the frozen evening to play her half in a deadly video game of conspiracy and seduction.

two decades on, Sashenka is married to a strong, emerging crimson chief with whom she has youngsters. round her individuals are disappearing, whereas within the mystery global of the elite her family is secure. yet she's approximately to embark on a forbidden love affair that may have devastating results.

Sashenka's tale lies hidden for part a century, until eventually a tender historian is going deep into Stalin's deepest files and uncovers a heartbreaking story of betrayal and redemption, savage cruelty and unforeseen heroism -- and one lady pressured to make an insufferable selection.

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