A Hero's Daughter

A Novel
Product Number: EB00743441
Released: Nov 19, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781628722727
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
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From the acclaimed author of the award-winning Dreams of My Russian Summers: "A powerful picture of a society that has lost its way" (Historical Novel Society). Set in the Soviet Union from World War II until the early 1990s, A Hero's Daughter portrays the rise and decline of the Soviet Union through the story of Ivan Dimitrovich Davidov and his family. For his extraordinary bravery and courage beyond the call of duty at the Battle of Stalingrad, Ivan is awarded his country's highest military honor: Hero of the Soviet Union. Married after the war to Tatyana, the medical orderly who found him barely breathing amid a pile of corpses after another apocalyptic battle late in the war, they have a daughter, Olya, who grows up in the glow of her father's reputation. In 1980, the beautiful Olya, now seventeen, assigned as an interpreter during the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games, commits an indiscretion with a French athlete that throws her straight into the waiting arms of the KGB. As the years roll by, Olya, more and more deeply implicated in espionage, despairs at her fate as a "political prostitute," while her father, equally used by the State, becomes increasingly disillusioned and unruly, until he is arrested for drunken and disorderly conduct. Finally the lives of father and daughter intersect in an utterly moving and heartrending conclusion. "Nobody surpasses Makine as a maker of stunning visuals . . . He may really be his generation's Chekhov and Proust." -Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "A remarkable novel . . . Enormously powerful." -TheDaily Mail "It carries the unmistakable stamp of historical and human truth . . . Subtle and powerful." -The Sunday Telegraph

Author(s): Andrei Makine
Original Publish Date: Aug 29, 2003

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