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The Madonnas of Leningrad

Debra Dean

Bit by bit, the ravages of age are eroding Marina's grip on the everyday. An elderly Russian woman now living in America, she cannot hold on to fresh memories-the details of her grown children's lives, the approaching wedding of her grandchild-yet her distant past is miraculously preserved in her mind's eye. Vivid images of her youth in war-torn Leningrad arise unbidden, carrying her back to the terrible fall of 1941, when she was a tour guide at the Hermitage Museum and the German army's approach signaled the beginning of what would be a long, torturous siege on the city. As the people braved starvation, bitter cold, and a relentless German onslaught, Marina joined other staff members in removing the museum's priceless masterpieces for safekeeping, leaving the frames hanging empty on the walls to symbolize the artworks' eventual return. As the Luftwaffe's bombs pounded the proud, stricken city, Marina built a personal Hermitage in her mind-a refuge that would stay buried deep within her, until she needed it once more. . . .

Bit by bit, the ravages of age are eroding Marina's grip on the everyday. An elderly Russian woman now living in America, she cannot hold on to fresh memories-the details of her grown children's lives, the approaching wedding of her grandchild-yet her distant past is miraculously preserved in her mind's eye. Vivid images of her youth in war-torn Leningrad arise unbidden, carrying her back to the terrible fall of 1941, when she was a tour guide at the Hermitage Museum and the German army's approach signaled the beginning of what would be a long, torturous siege on the city. As the people braved starvation, bitter cold, and a relentless German onslaught, Marina joined other staff members in removing the museum's priceless masterpieces for safekeeping, leaving the frames hanging empty on the walls to symbolize the artworks' eventual return. As the Luftwaffe's bombs pounded the proud, stricken city, Marina built a personal Hermitage in her mind-a refuge that would stay buried deep within her, until she needed it once more. . . .
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Bit by bit, the ravages of age are eroding Marina's grip on the everyday. An elderly Russian woman now living in America, she cannot hold on to fresh memories-the details of her grown children's lives, the approaching wedding of her grandchild-yet her distant past is miraculously preserved in her mind's eye. Vivid images of her youth in war-torn Leningrad arise unbidden, carrying her back to the terrible fall of 1941, when she was a tour guide at the Hermitage Museum and the German army's approach signaled the beginning of what would be a long, torturous siege on the city. As the people braved starvation, bitter cold, and a relentless German onslaught, Marina joined other staff members in removing the museum's priceless masterpieces for safekeeping, leaving the frames hanging empty on the walls to symbolize the artworks' eventual return. As the Luftwaffe's bombs pounded the proud, stricken city, Marina built a personal Hermitage in her mind-a refuge that would stay buried deep within her, until she needed it once more. . . .

Language:

English

Narrators:

Yelena Shmulenson

Length:

7h 9m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:42


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:19


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

16:43


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

01:12


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

31:37


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

15:17


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

09:49


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

09:52


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

01:31


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

11:36


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:51


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

18:08


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:22


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

01:26


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

13:23


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

10:46


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

14:36


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:43


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

02:05


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:53


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

17:54


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

12:44


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

01:35


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:43


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

02:03


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

21:21


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

28:03


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

01:45


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:38


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

11:51


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

15:12


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

00:54


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

16:46


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

16:56


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

13:42


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

19:11


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

01:57


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

09:28


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

26:43


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:02


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

00:42