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Ice Road: A Novel

2 Ratings: 4.0
A book by Gillian Slovo

South African novelist and playwright Slovo--Red Dust(2001)--delivers a chilling historical novel about a group of Soviets living in Leningrad between the world wars. The tale opens with the observations of Irina Davydovna, a simple cleaning woman who … see full wiki

Author: Gillian Slovo
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
2 reviews about Ice Road: A Novel
review by . October 17, 2010
  "Ice Road" tells the story of two Russian women from very different circumstances but whose lives contrive to become linked under "Stalin's Terrors". Set in Leningrad, the story covers the period from 1933 until the siege of Leningrad during the war Russians refer to as the Great Patriotic War (the Second World War as it is known outside of the USSR). Irina Davydovna's life is changed irrevocably when she is offered the opportunity to work on the Chelyuskin, …
review by . March 28, 2005
In 1934, Irina Davydovna is sent on a fated Artic expedition, along the coast of Siberia and back. Trapped in the Arctic ice with her shipmates, the author perfectly captures Irina's sense of isolation, the eerie crackling sound of the ice floes pressing against the ship and the helplessness of their predicament in this frozen, indifferent world: "I have grown heavy with hope and with belief. I have dared to dream." In an enormous rescue effort, most of the crew is saved, including Irina, although …
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