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  • By Paul Trembling
    Sep 29, 2014
    Back in the early '80's I visited St Petersburg, which had just had it's name changed back from Leningrad. I was impressed by the beauty of it's buildings, but had no idea of the things that the city had experienced in the Second World War. The Siege of Leningrad was one of the most terrible episodes of a long and terrible war. German and Finnish forces succeeded in almost completely isolating the city, and cut all but the most tenuous supply lines. People starved in their thousands. Soldiers, civilians, children. Estimates of the total death toll vary from about 600,000 to over a million. The exact number is so vague because many deaths went unrecorded. People died in the street, in their homes, in the factories where they worked. In spite of this, and in spite of incessant bombing and shelling, the city held out for nearly 900 days until the siege was finally lifted. The facts and figures, however, only tell part of the story. To get a glimpse of what it was actually like to be... More > there, to have some idea of the incredible courage and spirit of the people of Leningrad, you should read this book. Vasily Petrovich Kuznetsov was there. Somehow, he lived through it, and even managed to keep a diary through some of the worst days. But reading this, my overwhelming impression was not of the awful hardships he endured, but of the amazing courage and endurance with which he and his companions faced those hardships. The diary's have been very ably translated by his granddaughter, Maria K, who has managed to bring into the English something of the flavor and feel of the Russian - or at least (since I don't speak Russian myself) how I can imagine Russian feeling! She has brought to life a deeply moving and inspiring piece of history.< Less
  • By Dr. Lois Hammond
    Sep 5, 2012
    I consider this book a miracle. During World War II, the Russian city of St. Petersburg was then known as Leningrad. This city of millions of people and home of some of the irreplaceable art treasures of Russia was under seige by Hitler's army for 900 days. How long? Yes, that's right; this city near the Artic Circle was cut off from the rest of the world during this time period. There are many books written about World War II and about the seige of Leningrad but The Ring of Nine stands alone in its history and source. This book is the translation of a Russian's diary. He survived the seige and his granddaughter, Maria K, blessed us by translating his words and publishing them in this book. I thought I knew what I would be picking up to read a diary of a young man but I was wrong. Treat yourself to this beautifully written amazing history of a period and a situation that most of us couldn't imagine. Can you imagine no food or seeing frozen bodies wrapped and laying on the sidewalk... More > outside your building in the morning or no electricity or fearing being a victim of cannibal gangs or surviving sub-zero, dark winters? He did. Be inspired by his courage. Beyond this, I am left speechless. It is a unique period in history and we are afforded a window into this nightmare by a man who lets us look in through his very human style. Thanks to Maria K for translating through her tears over the suffering and example of courage of her beloved grandfather.< Less
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Second Edition
April 16, 2012
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.7 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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