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Symphony for the city of the dead : Dmitri Shostakovich and the siege of Leningrad

Author: M T Anderson
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts Candlewick Press, 2017. ©2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First paperback editionView all editions and formats
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In September 1941, Adolf Hitler's Wehrmacht surrounded Leningrad in what was to become one of the longest and most destructive sieges in Western history. After three years of bombardment and starvation, culminating in the bitterly cold winter of 1943-44, more than a million citizens lost their lives. In order to survive, many residents burned books, furniture and floorboards to keep warm; they ate family pets and,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Dmitriĭ Dmitrievich Shostakovich; Dmitriĭ Dmitrievich Shostakovich
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: M T Anderson
ISBN: 9780763691004 0763691003 9780763668181 0763668184
OCLC Number: 980003215
Awards: Commended for Tayshas Reading 2016
Commended for Cybils (Nonfiction-Young Adult) 2015
Short-listed for National Book Awards (Young People's Lit.) 2015
Description: 464 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm.
Responsibility: M.T. Anderson.

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In September 1941, Adolf Hitler's Wehrmacht surrounded Leningrad in what was to become one of the longest and most destructive sieges in Western history. After three years of bombardment and starvation, culminating in the bitterly cold winter of 1943-44, more than a million citizens lost their lives. In order to survive, many residents burned books, furniture and floorboards to keep warm; they ate family pets and, eventually, each other. In the midst of this bloodshed, Dimitri Shostakovich composed the Leningrad Symphony, a piece that both rallied and eulogised his fellow citizens -- and which would come to play a surprising part in the Allies' eventual victory.

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