Simon Sebag Montefiore is probably best know for his nonfiction, including Jerusalem, Young Stalin, Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar, and Potemkin: Catherine the Great’s Imperial Partner. But he also has some works of fiction in his body of work: Sashenka and the forthcoming One Night in Winter, which is based on a true story.
Described by the author as “Edith Wharton with the death penalty,” One Night in Winter takes place in Moscow, 1945 where the teenage children of two of Russia’s most important leaders are found dead on a bridge. Unclear if the deaths were a result of murder, a suicide pact, or a conspiracy against the state, an investigation is directed by Stalin himself as other children are arrested and forced to testify against their friends – and their parents.
One Night in Winter is scheduled to be released on May 6, so you have about 6 weeks to build anticipation by pre-selling. Here’s a review by our own Elizabeth Schieber. Borrow or steal freely. And Montefiore is active on Facebook and Twitter if you’d like to begin a conversation. Finally, listen to Montefiore speak about One Night in Winter in the video above before you share it through your own social media.
Dr. Simon Sebag Montefiore regularly lectures around the world on Russia, the Middle East and on subjects such as Leadership and Revolution. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Visiting Professor of Humanities at the University of Buckingham, he lives in London with his wife, the novelist Santa Montefiore, and their two children.