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Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of…

by M. T. Anderson

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I'd like to say this book is beautiful, but it's too sad. It's a melancholy beauty. I didn't think I'd like it at first since I don't care for biographies and I thought several college courses had killed any interest I had reading nonfiction about the early Soviet regimes, but I really came to care for Shostakovich and everything Stalin put the people of the Union through. ( )
  benuathanasia | Feb 16, 2017 |
This book does a good job explaining why Shostakovich's music meant so much to so many people. It's tough to read about the Siege of Leningrad and the time period surrounding it, but it is history worth knowing. If you teach AP Euro, this could be a good this could be a good choice for your students. ( )
  EllsbethB | Feb 15, 2017 |
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I never knew what the Soviet Union went through around WWII. This was almost like an apocalyptic read, with all the horrors they lived. And the kicker is that it’s true. ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Jan 19, 2017 |
3.5 stars

I never knew what the Soviet Union went through around WWII. This was almost like an apocalyptic read, with all the horrors they lived. And the kicker is that it’s true. ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Jan 19, 2017 |
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National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson delivers a brilliant and riveting account of the Siege of Leningrad and the role played by Russian composer Shostakovich and his Leningrad Symphony.

In September 1941, Adolf Hitler’s Wehrmacht surrounded Leningrad in what was to become one of the longest and most destructive sieges in Western history—almost three years of bombardment and starvation that culminated in the harsh winter of 1943–1944. More than a million citizens perished. Survivors recall corpses littering the frozen streets, their relatives having neither the means nor the strength to bury them. Residents burned books, furniture, and floorboards to keep warm; they ate family pets and—eventually—one another to stay alive. Trapped between the Nazi invading force and the Soviet government itself was composer Dmitri Shostakovich, who would write a symphony that roused, rallied, eulogized, and commemorated his fellow citizens—the Leningrad Symphony, which came to occupy a surprising place of prominence in the eventual Allied victory.

This is the true story of a city under siege: the triumph of bravery and defiance in the face of terrifying odds. It is also a look at the power—and layered meaning—of music in beleaguered lives. Symphony for the City of the Dead is a masterwork thrillingly told and impeccably researched by National Book Award–winning author M. T. Anderson.

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