From bestselling and critically acclaimed Russian historian Simon Sebag Montefiore comes One Night in Winter, a passionate and sweeping tale – based on a true story – of two forbidden and deadly love affairs set in the corridors of Moscow’s most elite school in 1945.
As Russia celebrates victory over the Nazis, shots ring out in a festive Moscow: two schoolchildren in 19th century costumes, a boy and a girl, lie dead. They are the children of Soviet leaders, pupils of the city’s grandest school. Is it a murder? A suicide pact? A love triangle? A conspiracy against Stalin himself—or one of his own merciless intrigues?
In the ensuing investigation, Stalin orders the arrest of children from ages seven to eighteen, ripping families apart as the children are turned against their parents. When the dust settles, two secret love affairs are unveiled—one amongst the schoolchildren and one amongst the grownups, both potentially fatal.
In this unforgettable and “engrossing” (The Observer) narrative, Montefiore explores the many facets of love, marriage, adultery, and family, culminating in “a darkly enjoyable read” (The Guardian).