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

Author: M T Anderson
Publisher: Somerville : Candlewick Press, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView 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 -- almost three years of bombardment and starvation that culminated in the harsh winter of 1943-1944. More than a million citizens perished. Survivors recall corpses littering the frozen streets, their relatives having neither the means nor the strength to bury  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Biography
Named Person: Dmitriĭ Dmitrievich Shostakovich; Dmitriĭ Dmitrievich Shostakovich; Dmitrii? Dmitrievich Shostakovich
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: M T Anderson
ISBN: 9780763691004 0763691003 0606391029 9780606391023 9780763668181 0763668184
OCLC Number: 975000281
Awards: Winner of Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book, Nonfiction 2016 (United States)
Winner of Julia Ward Howe Award, Young Reader 2016 (United States)
Long-listed for National Book Award for Young People's Literature.
Description: 1 volume ; 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 -- almost three years of bombardment and starvation that culminated in the harsh winter of 1943-1944. More than a million citizens perished. Survivors recall corpses littering the frozen streets, their relatives having neither the means nor the strength to bury them. Residents burned books, furniture, and floorboards to keep warm. They ate family pets and -- eventually -- one another to stay alive. Trapped between the Nazi invading force and the Soviet government itself was composer Dmitri Shostakovich, who would write a symphony that roused, rallied, eulogized, and commemorated his fellow citizens -- the Leningrad Symphony, which came to occupy a surprising place of prominence in the eventual Allied victory. This is the true story of a city under siege: the triumph of bravery and defiance in the face of terrifying odds. It is also a look at the power and layered meaning of music in beleaguered lives.

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