Leningrad: Siege and Symphony: The Story of the Great City Terrorized by Stalin, Starved by Hitler, Immortalized by Shostakovich

Leningrad: Siege and Symphony: The Story of the Great City Terrorized by Stalin, Starved by Hitler, Immortalized by Shostakovich Review

In Leningrad: Siege and Symphony, Brian Moynahan sets the composition of Shostakovich’s most famous work-his seventh symphony- against the tragic canvas of the siege itself and the years of repression and terror that preceded it. Using a wealth of new material, Moynahan tells the story of the cruelties inflicted by Stalin and Hitler on a city of exquisite beauty and rich cultural history, and the symphony that inspired its survival.

Title:Leningrad: Siege and Symphony: The Story of the Great City Terrorized by Stalin, Starved by Hitler, Immortalized by Shostakovich

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  • Marita

    “The birds of death stand at the zenith. Who will come to help Leningrad? Make no noise around – it is still breathing, It is still alive, it can hear everything: It hears, on the damp bed of the ...

  • Susan

    Subtitled, "martyred by Stalin, starved by Hitler, immortalised by Shostakovich" it is clear before you even open this book that you are in for an emotive read. This is an incredible book about a city...

  • Connie

    When the Nazis invaded the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941, they quickly headed for Leningrad and cut off the supply routes into the city. The only way food and other supplies could be brought into Leni...

  • Chrissie

    The book pulled me in. It is an excruciatingly difficult read. The primary focus is the siege, not the man. This is not a biography of the composer Shostakovich. Both this book and Symphony for the Ci...

  • Nooilforpacifists

    Bogs down in places; wanted more about the music, less about the prolonged battle between evil and evil. Still, good pieces, and some great quotes; more detailed review to follow.I agree with most of ...

  • Norman

    This is a staggering work relating the tale of how Shostakovich wrote his amazing 7th Symphony against the backdrop of Soviet repression, Nazi invasion and the dreadful experiences from the siege of L...

  • Charlie

    A most difficult yet extremely interesting book to read. The story is about Dmitri Shostakovich's struggle to finish his work on the Seventh Symphony during Stalin's Terror and Hitler's siege on Lenin...

  • Peter Mcloughlin

    This book is on the siege of Leningrad during WWII and the composer Shostakovich making of his seventh symphony in honor of the beleaguered home city. The seventh symphony was very popular in the U.S....

  • Jorge

    "Leningrado: Sitio y Sinfonía” es uno de esos libros que inspiran a seguir viviendo a pesar las adversidades que se nos presenten y a pesar de los horrores y monstruosidades que aquí se describen....

  • Imi

    Despite owning this for years, I've decided I'm not going to read it in full. I've only skimmed it in parts so far, but I'm getting the sense that Moynahan may have been too taken in with the controve...