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One Night in Winter - A Novel

Simon Sebag Montefiore

The acclaimed novelist and prizewinning historian Simon Sebag Montefiore explores the consequences of forbidden love in this heartbreaking epic, inspired by a true story that unfolds in Stalin's Russia during the bleak days after World War II. A jubilant Moscow is celebrating the Soviet Union's victory over Hitler when gunshots ring out though the city's crowded streets. In the shadow of the Kremlin, a teenage boy and girl are found dead. But this is no ordinary tragedy, because these are no ordinary teenagers. As the children of high-ranking Soviet officials, they inhabit a rarefied world that revolves around the exclusive Josef Stalin Commune School 801. The school, which Stalin's own children attended, is an enclave of privilege—but, as the deaths reveal, one that hides a wealth of secrets. Were these deaths an accident, a suicide pact . . . or murder? Certain that a deeper conspiracy is afoot, Stalin launches a ruthless investigation. In what comes to be known as the Children's Case, youths from all over Moscow are arrested by state security services and brought to the infamous interrogation rooms of the Lubyanka, where they are forced to testify against their friends and their families. Among the casualties of these betrayals are two pairs of illicit lovers, who find themselves trapped at the center of Stalin's witch hunt. As the Children's Case follows its increasingly terrifying course, these couples discover that the decision to follow one's heart comes at a terrible price. A haunting evocation of a time and place in which the state colluded to corrupt and destroy every dream, One Night in Winter is infused with the desperate intrigue of a political thriller. The eminent historian Simon Sebag Montefiore weaves fact and fiction into a richly compelling saga of sacrifice and survival, populated by real figures from the past. But within the darkness shines a deeply human love story, one that transcends its moment as it masterfully explores our capacity for loyalty and forgiveness.

The acclaimed novelist and prizewinning historian Simon Sebag Montefiore explores the consequences of forbidden love in this heartbreaking epic, inspired by a true story that unfolds in Stalin's Russia during the bleak days after World War II. A jubilant Moscow is celebrating the Soviet Union's victory over Hitler when gunshots ring out though the city's crowded streets. In the shadow of the Kremlin, a teenage boy and girl are found dead. But this is no ordinary tragedy, because these are no ordinary teenagers. As the children of high-ranking Soviet officials, they inhabit a rarefied world that revolves around the exclusive Josef Stalin Commune School 801. The school, which Stalin's own children attended, is an enclave of privilege—but, as the deaths reveal, one that hides a wealth of secrets. Were these deaths an accident, a suicide pact . . . or murder? Certain that a deeper conspiracy is afoot, Stalin launches a ruthless investigation. In what comes to be known as the Children's Case, youths from all over Moscow are arrested by state security services and brought to the infamous interrogation rooms of the Lubyanka, where they are forced to testify against their friends and their families. Among the casualties of these betrayals are two pairs of illicit lovers, who find themselves trapped at the center of Stalin's witch hunt. As the Children's Case follows its increasingly terrifying course, these couples discover that the decision to follow one's heart comes at a terrible price. A haunting evocation of a time and place in which the state colluded to corrupt and destroy every dream, One Night in Winter is infused with the desperate intrigue of a political thriller. The eminent historian Simon Sebag Montefiore weaves fact and fiction into a richly compelling saga of sacrifice and survival, populated by real figures from the past. But within the darkness shines a deeply human love story, one that transcends its moment as it masterfully explores our capacity for loyalty and forgiveness.
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The acclaimed novelist and prizewinning historian Simon Sebag Montefiore explores the consequences of forbidden love in this heartbreaking epic, inspired by a true story that unfolds in Stalin's Russia during the bleak days after World War II. A jubilant Moscow is celebrating the Soviet Union's victory over Hitler when gunshots ring out though the city's crowded streets. In the shadow of the Kremlin, a teenage boy and girl are found dead. But this is no ordinary tragedy, because these are no ordinary teenagers. As the children of high-ranking Soviet officials, they inhabit a rarefied world that revolves around the exclusive Josef Stalin Commune School 801. The school, which Stalin's own children attended, is an enclave of privilege—but, as the deaths reveal, one that hides a wealth of secrets. Were these deaths an accident, a suicide pact . . . or murder? Certain that a deeper conspiracy is afoot, Stalin launches a ruthless investigation. In what comes to be known as the Children's Case, youths from all over Moscow are arrested by state security services and brought to the infamous interrogation rooms of the Lubyanka, where they are forced to testify against their friends and their families. Among the casualties of these betrayals are two pairs of illicit lovers, who find themselves trapped at the center of Stalin's witch hunt. As the Children's Case follows its increasingly terrifying course, these couples discover that the decision to follow one's heart comes at a terrible price. A haunting evocation of a time and place in which the state colluded to corrupt and destroy every dream, One Night in Winter is infused with the desperate intrigue of a political thriller. The eminent historian Simon Sebag Montefiore weaves fact and fiction into a richly compelling saga of sacrifice and survival, populated by real figures from the past. But within the darkness shines a deeply human love story, one that transcends its moment as it masterfully explores our capacity for loyalty and forgiveness.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Simon Prebble

Length:

13h 20m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:40


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

17:53


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

17:11


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

28:04


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

12:31


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

22:05


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

24:57


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

16:10


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

15:15


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:44


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:35


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

14:05


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

13:13


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

12:40


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

10:14


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

18:28


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

11:59


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

18:11


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

20:37


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

17:14


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:21


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

16:46


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

16:39


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:17


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

13:14


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

23:36


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

16:28


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

14:33


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

28:29


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

14:29


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

10:10


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:55


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:22


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

16:07


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:45


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

10:41


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

11:10


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

11:28


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:53


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

10:31


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

14:41


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:25


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:45


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

12:37


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:08


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:33


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

11:04


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

10:14


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

13:18


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:01


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

19:25


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:24


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:14


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

10:06


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

10:02


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:30


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:41


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:55


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

13:22


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

36:48


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

11:03


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

00:52