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A man is waiting by a lift in Leningrad.  It is 1937 and he is waiting to be arrested. He is Shosakovich. As he waits he reflects on his life and his music and how he has conformed to Stalinist policy and propaganda.  Has he been a coward or a realist? A phone call from Stalin to Shosakovich brings the story alive. Julian Barnes is very good at using real life events and people for his ideas in fiction. Short and compelling, like A Sense of an Ending, not a word is wasted in this brilliant novel.

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The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world's surface. How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into the world's greatest empire? And how did they lose it all? This is the intimate story of twenty tsars and tsarinas, some touched by genius, some by madness, but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition. 
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A powerful, captivating story about Alice, who is reaching out to express herself through her beautiful-broken words, and Manny who is running to escape his past. When they meet they find the tender beginnings of love and healing.
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