Shoemaker And His Daughter

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Soviet Union, 1962. Shoemaker Stanislav Suvorov is imprisoned for five years. His crime? Selling his car for a profit, contravening the Kremlin’s strict laws of speculation. Laws which, 30 years later, his daughter Zhanna helps to unravel. On his release from prison, social shame drives Stanislav to voluntary exile in Siberia, moving his family from a relatively comfortable, continental life in Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, to frigid, farthest-flung Krasnoyarsk. For some, it is the capital of the gulag. For others, it is the chance to start over again. These are the last days of a Soviet Union in which the Communist Party and KGB desperately cling to power, in which foreigners are unwelcome and travel abroad is restricted, where the queues for bread are daily and debilitating and where expressing views in favour of democracy and human rights can get you imprisoned or sent into exile.

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WINNER OF THE 2020 MICHEL DÉON PRIZE

‘O’Clery takes us into the hidden heart of Soviet Russia… An arresting and evocative story’ Keggie Carew, author of Dadland

‘A tour de force … Love, politics, murder, wars, and the fracturing of ties, personal and ethnic. O’Clery is a gifted writer’ Luke Harding, bestselling author of Collusion

The Soviet Union, 1962. Gifted shoemaker Stanislav Suvorov is imprisoned for five years. His crime? Selling his car for a profit. On his release, social shame drives him and his family into voluntary exile in Siberia, 5,000 kilometres from home. In a climate that’s unfriendly both geographically and politically, it’s their chance to start again.

The Shoemaker and His Daughter is an epic story spanning the Second World War to the fall of the Soviet Union, taking in eighty years of Soviet and Russian history, from Stalin to Putin. Following the footsteps of a remarkable family Conor O’Clery knows well – he is married to the shoemaker’s daughter – it’s both a compelling insight into life in a secretive world at a siesmic moment in time and a powerful tale of ordinary lives shaped by extraordinary times.

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Weight 262 g
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.7 × 2.4 cm
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Paperback

Pages

304

Language

English

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Dewey

947.085092 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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