The Madonnas of Leningrad

The Madonnas of Leningrad

A Novel
Written by Debra Dean
Narrated by Yelena Shmulenson
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The Madonnas of Leningrad

A Novel
Written by Debra Dean | Narrated by Yelena Shmulenson
“An enjoyable read, delivered by an expert narrator” (AudioFile): As her granddaughter’s wedding draws nearer, 82-year-old Marina finds her Alzheimer’s disease is worsening — but her memories of Leningrad during World War II grow even more vivid. Isabel Allende raves about this “unforgettable story of love, survival, and the power of imagination.”


Bit by bit, the ravages of age are eroding Marina’s grip on the everyday. An elderly Russian woman now living in America, she cannot hold on to fresh memories-the details of her grown children’s lives, the approaching wedding of her grandchild — yet her distant past is miraculously preserved in her mind’s eye.

Vivid images of her youth in war-torn Leningrad arise unbidden, carrying her back to the terrible fall of 1941, when she was a tour guide at the Hermitage Museum and the German army’s approach signaled the beginning of what would be a long, torturous siege on the city. As the people braved starvation, bitter cold, and a relentless German onslaught, Marina joined other staff members in removing the museum’s priceless masterpieces for safekeeping, leaving the frames hanging empty on the walls to symbolize the artworks’ eventual return. As the Luftwaffe’s bombs pounded the proud, stricken city, Marina built a personal Hermitage in her mind — a refuge that would stay buried deep within her, until she needed it once more…

A HarperAudio production.

Categories: General Fiction
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Run time: 7 hours and 9 minutes
Unabridged Audiobook

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