Ice Road: A Novel

By Gillian Slovo

"A gripping tale of braveness, disillusionment, survival, and the triumph of the human spirit."―Sarah Durant, writer of The beginning of Venus

Loyalties, ideals, love, kinfolk ties: all are verified to the restrict in a single of the main devastating moments of human historical past: the siege of Leningrad in the course of international struggle II. Boris Aleksandrovich, a well-meaning bureaucrat, thinks he can negotiate among idealism and politics. His daughter, Natasha, learns differently whilst, as a tender girl in love, she is nearly overwhelmed by way of her father's compromises. staring at all this spread is Irina. clever, ironic, great Irina, whom Boris had persuaded to head on an ill-fated voyage to the Arctic Circle, the place she slightly survived. while she arrives again in Leningrad, he feels honor certain to locate her a place inside his kin circle. Irina involves know the way love for an additional could, in any case, be extra strong and extra profound than blind loyalty to an concept. intriguing and heroic, peopled with splendidly advanced characters, Ice Road is a masterpiece. A finalist for the Orange Prize.

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I’ll movement in there at the present time. yet earlier than I do, i've got one activity left. i have to inform the guy who thinks he's my husband that he's my ex-husband. I’ll inform him privately yet I’ll ascertain we’re in a public house. that might be more secure. His satisfaction is sure to be harm, and while Fedya’s delight is harm his fists lash out. (When whatever happens that he can’t regulate – which in his case is nearly every little thing – that occurs as an issue in fact. ) I sound unfeeling yet I’m now not: I’m simply managed. As I lay in mattress final evening, as his fetid grunting handed itself throughout the feathers of our shared bed and into me, I even came across myself pondering even if, in the back of the anger he so usually indicates me, my husband doesn’t nurse another, extra delicate emotions for me. I couldn’t make a decision. regardless of how lengthy I persisted to lie there, lengthy after he had rolled away and long past to sleep, I couldn’t determine it. the article is: I don’t be aware of this guy I married. How unusual to imagine that now yet now not ahead of. As for me: will i believe the lack of him? Will I omit him? Did i like him? Do I nonetheless? those usually are not questions i'll ever resolution. For usual humans like me, love is a luxurious. even if, maybe that’s cheating, utilizing the collective to again up what i feel: that love is a luxurious. So I’ll take accountability and I’ll say it boldly: i will not have the funds for love and that i don’t fairly are looking to. I’ve continually been this fashion. This doesn’t suggest that every thing needs to remain a similar. I’m now not a smart lady and that i by no means could be, regardless of what percentage books I learn, yet something i do know: I’m not simply the other girl. i'm a survivor of the Chelyuskin. It’s now not nostalgia for the send that makes me see myself that means. No, what issues isn't really what the Chelyuskin did, however the undeniable fact that I grew to become out to be diverse from her. She sank. i didn't. Which makes me a survivor, whatever nobody in my relations (apart from my mom, who hasn’t relatively ever lived) ever controlled. i've got damaged the mold. i didn't turn into a sufferer. i can't. each choice follows, obviously, from this. If i've got the opportunity, then i have to take it. And so, after they cheer, I carry my head up excessive. i do know I’m now not a hero but when for this one second in my lifestyles they wish to regard me as though i'm, why no longer? we're now not marching. we've got stopped. we're status. we're listening. In entrance folks a guy, stout and stocky, his excessive boots planted astride the platform. One nook of his lengthy gray coat lifts within the wind yet his peaked hat is wedged on most sensible of his sq. face and it doesn’t circulate. In once more he may appear like an unattractive guy, his epidermis pock-marked and his face a bit too wide and too coarse to be known as good-looking, yet this guy has presence and he has strength. he's Sergei Mironovich Kirov and he can speak. I knew that already; hadn’t I listened to him ceaselessly at the instant? What I didn’t comprehend until eventually this second is how a lot energy and what kind of authority, and what sort of conviction, Sergei Mironovich includes whilst he talks, not just to you, but additionally approximately you. take heed to the issues he’s announcing.

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