One night in St Petersburg, two men meet, both adrift in the brash new Russia: Shutov, a writer visiting after years of exile in Paris, and Volsky, an elderly survivor of the Siege of Leningrad and Stalin's purges.
His life story - one of extreme suffering, courage and an extraordinary love - he considers unremarkable.
To Shutov it is a revelation, the tale of an unsung hero that puts everything into perspective and suggests where true happiness lies.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 12/05/2011
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781444700480