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The Madonnas of Leningrad (P.S.)

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ISBN13: 9780060825317
ISBN10: 0060825316
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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. . . .

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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. . . .

About the Author

Debra Dean worked as an actor in New York theater for nearly a decade before opting for the life of a writer and teacher. She and her husband now live in Miami, where she teaches at the University at Miami. She is at work on her second novel.

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Eugene reader, August 20, 2012 (view all comments by Eugene reader)
Marina is a young woman in Leningrad, Russia during the war in 1941. She works as a tour guide at the Hermitage Museum. But as the German army's seige begins museum staff members move the art pieces to the basement and other safe places, while many of them live (or barely live) in this hidden lower level of the Hermitage. Marina is devoted to the artworks and sharing her knowledge with others. Now, however, Marina is an elderly woman living in America and the illness of Alzheimer's has a grip on her. I felt as if I were a part of her life and family as the reader travels with her between her past and her muddled interpretation of the present. Her years in the museum remain a strong part of her memory as we experience her latter years. Debra Dean has a true gift.
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SMR, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by SMR)
Marina has Alzheimer's and is becoming more and more distant from her family as she remembers her life in Leningrad during World War II. Part historical novel, part love story, part memoir, part Alzheimer's story. The horrors of war and the discovery of the importance of details and little joys. Beautifully and hopefully written.
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Virtually snowbound, January 18, 2012 (view all comments by Virtually snowbound)
I can scarcely believe this is the author's first novel. It's beautifully written and totally engrossing. I am looking forward to other work by Debra Dean.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060825317
Author:
Dean, Debra
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
by Debra Dean
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
P.S.
Publication Date:
20070231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.88x5.36x.67 in. .44 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , 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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