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Stof en as (Arbat tetralogy 4) (original 1994; edition 1995)
by Anatoli Rybakov, Aai Prins (Translator)
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0316763799, Hardcover)This novel can stand alone, though the trilogy is best read in sequence. The whole makes a Tolstoy-scale epic of Soviet life, from the idealism of youth, through the confronting of reality, to a beaten disillusion. This last volume covers the bloody decade from Stalin's Terror to the turning point of World War II in 1943. Against this depressing backdrop, however, Rybakov creates romantic tension and suspense, as the reader roots for the coming together again of Sasha, the protagonist of the earlier volumes, and his still beloved Varya. Rybakov is an old-fashioned storyteller, with a keen sense of the compelling detail.
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A novel of the Soviet Union's struggle against the Nazis. The hero is Sasha Pankratov, a prisoner rescued from the gulag by the onset of World War II. He becomes a tank commander, a position that propels him from the desolation of Siberia to the rubble of Stalingrad and, ultimately, to the streets of Berlin. By the author of Children of the Arbat.
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