City of Thieves: A Novel

By David Benioff

From the severely acclaimed writer of The twenty fifth Hour, a charming novel approximately warfare, braveness, survival — and a extraordinary friendship that ripples throughout a lifetime.

through the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into a similar mobile as a good-looking deserter named Kolya. rather than being done, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their very own lives via complying with an outrageous directive: safe a dozen eggs for a strong Soviet colonel to take advantage of in his daughter’s marriage ceremony cake. In a urban bring to an end from all provides and affliction incredible deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt throughout the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and at the back of enemy traces to discover the impossible.

through turns insightful and humorous, exciting and terrifying, City of Thieves is a gripping, cinematic international warfare II event and an intimate coming-of-age tale with an completely modern suppose for the way boys turn into men.

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Considered one of you speaks German? ” “I do,” acknowledged Kolya. “Where did you research it? ” “My grandmother was once from Vienna. ” even if this was once real or now not I had no concept, yet he acknowledged it with such conviction Abendroth appeared to settle for it. “Waren Sie schon einmal in Wien? ” “Nein. ” “Too undesirable. appealing urban. And not anyone has bombed it but, yet that won't final. I anticipate the English gets to it earlier than the 12 months is out. somebody informed you I play chess? ” “One of your colleagues again on the schoolhouse. An Obersturmfьhrer, i think?

Within the Crosses? i assumed they have been going to shoot us within the morning. So what did it subject what I advised you? I stated no matter what popped into my head. ” “You instructed me they weren’t going to shoot us! ” “Well, you appeared a bit nervous. yet come on, give it some thought: a deserter and a looter? What have been our possibilities? ” the subsequent tree I had selected as a manner station appeared impossibly far-off, a silhouetted pine that loomed above its brothers, a silent sentinel older than the entire relaxation. whereas I panted, Kolya sipped tea from his canteen, a naturalist out for a night hike.

That traitor should be dangling from a tree,” whispered Kolya, dipping his head so his voice wouldn’t hold. He glared in the back of the betrayer’s head. “I may possibly holiday his neck with my naked fingers. i understand how to do it. ” “Leave it alone,” acknowledged Vika. “He doesn’t subject. ” “He mattered to Markov,” I acknowledged. Vika glanced up at me and smiled. It wasn’t the chilly carnivorous smile I had noticeable earlier than. She appeared stunned by way of my remark, as though she had simply heard a mongoloid whistle Fьr Elise with out lacking a word.

I do know you're keen on ladies. ” My father had known as me Lyova and listening to the nickname coming from her mouth— so unforeseen yet so traditional, as though she have been calling me that for years— virtually made me are looking to cry. “He made you indignant prior to, didn’t he? while he acknowledged that approximately eager to see me bare. ” “He says loads of silly issues. ” “So you don’t are looking to see me bare? ” Vika wore her mocking smile now, status along with her toes vast aside, her arms jammed into the wallet of her coveralls. “I don’t be aware of. ” sure, it was once a silly and cowardly reaction, yet i couldn't deal with the morning’s peaks and valleys.

We stood facet by means of aspect whereas our unseen interrogators appeared us over. Our overcoats have been again within the farmhouse and we shivered within the evening air, the chilly achieving all the way down to our bones. “Prove you’re one among us. ” The voice looked as if it would come from beside one of many snow-covered hay bales, and as my eyes adjusted to the sunshine i may see a guy kneeling within the shadows, a rifle raised to his shoulder. “Shoot all of the Germans within the head. ” “That’s now not a lot of a test,” acknowledged Kolya. “They’re already useless. ” The man’s skill to make a foul state of affairs worse now not stunned me.

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