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Recomendar Twitter. Playlists relacionadas. The reader is sucked into the story of the young couple, and those around them. I found myself reading I have to admit that Helen Dunmore can do no wrong where I'm concerned. I found myself reading the book as if I were also waiting for that dreaded knock on the door. The fear and tension are palpable, as are the feelings of living under a totalitarian regime, where people can be arrested and accused of non-existent crimes merely because of the delusions of a paranoid dictator and the machine that grinds away under his wheels.
It's a story that makes you care desperately about the characters it depicts, even the less sympathetic ones, as you're aware that everybody is a victim, even those who appear to wield power. Dunmore researches and writes meticulously; you will feel as if you are in cold war Russia, struggling to survive and maintain your dignity. Mar 27, Lucinda Clarke rated it really liked it.
It was a time when the poets, writers and artists had been condemned and killed or sent to the camps in Siberia. Stalin then focused on the medical profession and many doctors also suffered the same fate. The Betrayal centres round a doctor who is called to treat the chronically sick son of an important member of the government.
He is caught between the dangers of refusing the case and failing to cure the boy and the oath he took when he became a doctor. The scenes are well described, the scenes come to live but the end was a disappointment, and there were several lose ends which were not tied up. Disappointing read from a writer whose awards and biography suggested a very special book. Oct 21, Jessica Baker rated it it was ok.
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Quite disappointed with this as the first one was so so good and I couldn't put it down. This one does a lot of looking back in the past and 'worrying' about what might happen Ending was good though. Sep 08, Nancy Oakes rated it liked it Shelves: historical-fiction , uk-fiction , gave-away. The story focuses on a couple, Andrei, a doctor and Anna, who teaches at a nursery school.
Andrei and Anna spend their days trying to do what everyone else in that period of time tried to accomplish with varying degrees of success : to keep a low profile while going about their daily work and home lives. It is becoming increasingly difficult for Andrei and Anna and Anna's younger brother Kolya to do so -- at home, they attract the wrath of their neighbors when Kolya plays the piano and at work, Anna has been told she needs to advance herself by taking some courses at the university.
This is not such a bad thing, but Anna's got secrets that a check on her family background might uncover, and she doesn't want to risk coming to someone's attention. Andrei also goes through his normal daily routine at work, but trouble still manages to raise its ugly head when a colleague of his requests that he take a look at a very ill boy. As it happens, the boy's father is none other than Volkov, who is one of the highest officers of the Soviet secret police.
Andrei realizes that he is in a most untenable position, especially when it turns out that Volkov's child needs immediate treatment for cancer. Although everyone he knows tells him to walk away, he finds that he cannot -- with some rather unsettling consequences. I know I am the lone stranger here, but I can't help it. It's not really the author's fault -- it's just that the story was a bit too light for my taste, not as much of an in-depth look at this period as I would have hoped for. But if you like your historical fiction on the lighter side, then you'll probably love The Betrayal.
Feb 18, Katrina rated it it was amazing. This is a great read. It's the first book I've read by Helen Dunmore but I'll definitely be reading more. Mar 16, B. Morrison rated it liked it. It takes place in Leningrad in where a young married couple is trying to live an ordinary life while navigating the treacherous currents of a society where everyone fears the arbitrary and violent Ministry of State Security. The three of them are alone in the world, having barely survived the seige of Leningrad during World War II, which ended only nine years previously.
Their quiet life is thrown into disarray when Andrei is called in to treat the son of Volkov, a high-ranking government official. The details of the story, the conversations, the descriptions all convey the suspicion and fear that trickled through every action and interaction. Oct 26, David rated it really liked it. It is set in in Leningrad, where the siege during the war still haunts the city.
But Moscow is oblivious to what the powers that be see as an embarrassment. Stalin's harsh regime holds sway and it's effects are told in the story of Andrei and Anna. A young hospital doctor and his wife, a nursery schoolteacher, are caught up accidentally with a high powered security chief an "The Betrayal" by Helen Dunmore was long listed for the Man Booker prize, and should at least have made the shortlist. A young hospital doctor and his wife, a nursery schoolteacher, are caught up accidentally with a high powered security chief and his ill son.
The story is gripping and the writing is powerful and bewitching. The writer has published eleven novels including "A Spell of Winter" that won the Orange Prize, and in this latest book she is on top of her game. It is a sequel to the critically well received The Siege which I now wish I had read first. Jan 17, Esil rated it really liked it. This is a bleak look at living in the Soviet Union at the end of Stalin's reign.
What seems like an extraordinary and unrealistic level of fear and paranoia on the part of the protagonists turns out to be justified in the book and historically. As in "The Siege", Dunmore does a great job in conveying how it would feel in a realistic--almost mundane--way to live in such a repressive regime. This is not a fun or even entertaining book, but was certainly educational and interesting.
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Continuing her novel 'The Seige' of Leningrad , with all the shocking privations of a trapped population, Dunmore's characters Andrei, a young specialist in juvenile arthritis and wife Anna, a nursery school teacher are living in the merciless regime under Stalin's Ministry of Social Security.
Terror has been exchanged for starvation. Her writing might be a bit clunky at times, but her characterisation is vivid, and she achieves some excellent narrative tension.
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No one is immune or safe. Sep 02, Richard rated it really liked it. Wonderful book! Love how it explores the ordinary people at the heart of Stalin's vicious and ruthless regime. I certainly feel that I know more about Soviet prisons than I ever wanted to! The Betrayal has a great plot, terrific characters.
Maybe not quite as great as The Siege, but different and remarkable in its own way. Just exactly my kind of story. I don't think you have to read before you read this one. It stands alone just fine. There's no protection in making yourself small and hoping to become invisible. All you do is make yourself small. View all 12 comments. Jul 21, Carole rated it it was amazing. Some may think that's cheating a little but I think it's a wonderful way of spending time when perhaps you don't feel like actually reading yourself.
I found this a powerful telling of horrific times under the Stalin regime in Russia in the 's, rather like "Child Aug 29, Carey Combe rated it liked it.
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Not as good as the siege, although it was well written, I just couldn't believe the naivety of the main characters, it pissed me off that a couple who had survived the purges and the siege of Leningrad should suddenly fall prey to the system - why oh why didn't they just ask for him to get a second opinion? Anyway, my rant over. Mar 02, Margarita Morris rated it it was amazing Shelves: historical-fiction. A beautiful book. It's a sequel to The Siege which you need to read first to understand the characters and their relationships. Oct 17, Claire Scottish rated it it was amazing.
Totally believable absorbing and gripping. I absolutely loved this book and found myself crying at the end! I have no idea how I came across "The Betrayal," and had zero idea that is was, in fact, a sequel to an earlier novel "The Siege , but I found it to be an effective depiction of life during the late Stalinist Terror.
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In particular, Dunmore offers an occasionally chilling portrait of the bizarre realities of every day life, in which most people seem quietly to go about their lives while at any moment there may come that terrifying knock at the door in the middle of the night. Someone who was yes I have no idea how I came across "The Betrayal," and had zero idea that is was, in fact, a sequel to an earlier novel "The Siege , but I found it to be an effective depiction of life during the late Stalinist Terror.
Someone who was yesterday a valued colleague to whom you turned for help with a challenging case could be disappeared overnight and quickly forgotten by the next day. Meanwhile those left behind must still do the shopping, meet the quotas, and pretend as though nothing has happened. The contrasts -- especially the juxtaposition of the terror with the mundane -- coldly captures life under one of the 20th century's most murderous dictators.
The story begins in early s, towards the tail end of Stalin's rule. Anna, a nursery school teacher, and Andrei, a paediatrician, have survived the siege of Leningrad, and have raised Anna's younger brother after her mother died in childbirth and her father died during the siege -- events covered in the previous book.
When Russov, a colleague, asks Andrei to consult on a challenging case, he is forced to make a challenging choice. The patient is the young son of Volkov, an important commissar in the MVD, the internal security ministry responsible for the arrests of the many millions who would fill the Soviet gulags. Russov, recognising the risks of any interaction with Volkov, pleads off the case and, capitalising on Andrei's commitment to patients, gets him involved instead, and the plot begins.
The case deteriorates -- what was thought to be arthritis is found to be an aggressive cancer of the bones that soon metastasises to the lungs -- and Volkov cannot accept that the diagnosis. Set against the backdrop of the real-life "Doctor's Plot", Andrei and his oncologist colleague are caught up in the machinery of the Great Terror, leaving a pregnant Anna to try and slip below the state's radar, keeping her younger brother and unborn child safe. The characters suffer a bit from a lack of nuance. As others have noted, the good characters are entirely good, while the bad characters are mostly all bad.
Interestingly, the main exceptions are the two characters most closely associated with the state. Volkov, who is a willing participant in Stalin's machinery of terror, is also the distraught father of dying child. Similarly, Anna's boss Morozona is a true believer, keen to achieve whatever quota the state imposes. At the same time, she actively encourages Anna, sending her to a training course to help her career, and trying to apply "scientific methods" to improve the quality of her school. But "The Betrayal" works largely because of its portrait of daily life, and how it shows people doing their best to navigate an often unmanageable situation.
Among the many tragedies of the Stalin period is that after winning the war and at the height of his popular appeal, Stalin still felt the need to terrorise his people. The Doctor's Plot repression was ultimately his final campaign, but many innocent lives were crushed nonetheless. Sep 20, Lauren Westwood rated it it was amazing. I think I might have read The Siege years ago, as the references seemed somewhat familiar, but The Betrayal is a standalone book. True events in the Theatre of the Absurd that was the Soviet Union are told through the eyes of Anna and Andrei, two normal people who have lived through the siege of Leningrad.
The book is loosely based on the 'Doctor's Scandal' whereby Stalin believed that Soviet doctors were in a conspiracy with Americans and Jews to kill top officials. From the first page, there is an inevitability to this book. In commercial fiction this would be said to be predictable, but here, it is a beautiful and chilling sense of fate. But seeing it unfold through the characters, who themselves know what is likely to happen, but still try and convince themselves that 'the knock at the door' is not coming, shows the triumph and possibly the stupidity of the human spirit.
As much as they think they've lived through the worst, they are wrong, and yet they go about their normal lives. The characterisation is lovely and multi-dimensional - two people in an impossible situation. For me, the second half of the book where the inevitable is realised didn't quite equal the first half which was more about the suspense of waiting, etc. But it all seemed right for the book, even the very sparse ending that comes about around the time of the death of Stalin. Highly recommended to anyone who likes character-driven books, and wants to learn more about one of the most fascinating periods in human history.
Jul 08, Lori Eshleman rated it it was amazing Shelves: british , cold-war , espionage , russia. It is at once a private love story between Andrei, a pediatrician at a Leningrad hospital, and his wife Anna, a nursery school teacher, both survivors of the siege of Leningrad during World War II.
The novel illuminates the draconian bureaucracy of Stalinist Russia, and the sense of paranoia and conspiracy theories that can entangle the most irreproachable citizen at a whim. Even the nursery school is mired in bureaucratic statistics, record-keeping, and the expectation that employees will work tirelessly to serve the state.
Then Andrei is pulled into the dangerous situation of treating the son of Volkov, a high-ranking officer in the secret police. The boy has a life-threatening cancer, difficult to treat. Flashbacks evoke the horror of starving people and frozen corpses in the streets. While conditions in Leningrad have improved, a sense of frugality hangs over the couple, as Anna trades for a jar of honey or preserves, and tends vegetables at her family dacha in the country.
Dunmore lovingly describes these economies, as well as the natural beauty and sense of momentary freedom on visits to the dacha. As tension builds between Andrei, Volkov, and the desperately ill boy, the reader is pulled into a crazy, upside down world, where ethical behavior and values are punished rather than rewarded. A world that reminds us of the cost of authoritarian rule, of irrational beliefs, and of falsehoods that are proclaimed to be true. Dunmore is a marvelous writer, whose death last year was a loss to world literature. Dec 22, Joyce rated it it was amazing Shelves: historical-fiction , books-read-in , foreign-location.
The Betrayal is a historical fiction novel set in Russia during the 's under the Stalin regime. It picks up several years later on the story of Anna and Andre which was started in the former book The Siege. Although reading of the former book is not essential to understanding or following this novel, I think reading it helps the reader to understand the characters better. They had gone through a horrific ordeal surviving the siege of Leningrad and their lives had improved greatlythey were The Betrayal is a historical fiction novel set in Russia during the 's under the Stalin regime.
They had gone through a horrific ordeal surviving the siege of Leningrad and their lives had improved greatlythey were no longer starving and still had an apartment to themselves along with Anna's younger brother Kolya. However, the author gives us a vivid portrayal of all the fear and restrictions the Russian people under faced under Stalin's leadership.
People had to be extremely careful in everything they did and said. Unfortunately, Andre, a pediatrician, is forced into a situation involving the care of the only son of very high ranking government official. His profession comes under attack as conspiring to kill patients who are family members of government officials. This is a very intense novelnot one I could read through quickly.
Dunmore is so precise and descriptive in her writing that I could feel myself caught up in the fates of Anna and Andre. I enjoyed this book even more than The Siege which I felt dragged at times. I wish there was a sequel to this book to find out what happened next to Anna and Andre! There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. About Helen Dunmore. Helen Dunmore. I was born in December , in Yorkshire, the second of four children. My father was the eldest of twelve, and this extended family has no doubt had a strong influence on my life, as have my own children.
In a large family you hear a great many stories. You also come to understand very early that stories hold quite different meanings for different listeners, and can be recast from many viewpoints I was born in December , in Yorkshire, the second of four children. You also come to understand very early that stories hold quite different meanings for different listeners, and can be recast from many viewpoints. Poetry was very important to me from childhood. Writing these down came a little later. I studied English at the University of York, and after graduation taught English as a foreign language in Finland.
At around this time I began to write the poems which formed my first poetry collection, The Apple Fall, and to publish these in magazines. I also completed two novels; fortunately neither survives, and it was more than ten years before I wrote another novel. During this time I published several collections of poems, and wrote some of the short stories which were later collected in Love of Fat Men.
I began to travel a great deal within the UK and around the world, for poetry tours and writing residences. This experience of working in many different countries and cultures has been very important to my work. During the s and early s I taught poetry and creative writing, tutored residential writing courses for the Arvon Foundation and took part in the Poetry Society's Writer in Schools scheme, as well as giving readings and workshops in schools, hospitals, prisons and every other kind of place where a poem could conceivably be welcome. In the late s I began to publish short stories, and these were the beginning of a breakthrough into fiction.
What I had learned of prose technique through the short story gave me the impetus to start writing novels. My first novel for children was Going to Egypt, published in , and my first novel for adults was Zennor in Darkness, published in , which won the McKitterick Prize. This was also my first researched novel, set in the First World War and dealing with the period when D H Lawrence and his wife Frieda lived in Zennor in Cornwall, and came under suspicion as German spies.
My third novel, A Spell of Winter, won the inaugural Orange Prize for Fiction in , and since then I have published a number of novels, short story collections and books for children. Full details of all these books are available on this website. This was another researched novel, which grew from a lifelong love of Russian history, culture and literature. It is is set in Leningrad during the first year of the siege of the city by German forces, which lasted for days from the fall of Mga on 30th August The Siege has been translated into Russian by Tatyana Averchina, and extracts have been broadcast on radio in St Petersburg.
House of Orphans was published in , and in Counting the Stars. Its central characters are the Roman poet Catullus, who lived during the last years of the Republic, Other books in the series. The Siege 2 books. Books by Helen Dunmore. Trivia About The Betrayal The