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Ice Road

Gillian Slovo

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Shortlisted for The Orange Prize and highly praised on hardback publication. Set in Lenigrad of the 1930s, ICE ROAD is a compelling and passionate story about ordinary people - Boris, Natasha, Irina - caught up in history

Irina Davydovna is a cleaner. She has no time for politics or even for that matter, people: 'rules and rulers may come and go, but dirt never changes.' Boris Aleksandrovich is a revolutionary. He thinks he understands power. But this is Leningrad in 1933 and Stalin is about to turn against their city. When the life of his beloved daughter Natasha is threatened and his old friend Anton saves a skinny little orphan he finds on a Moscow train, Boris' faith in his ideals are put to the test. While Irina, watching it all, must learn the power of loyalty and love. 'Powerful and moving, Ice Road is a novel whose epic scope never obscures the individual lives that are lived in the shadow of great events. I shall never forget Natasha and Kolya's love story . . . or Irina, whose sturdy self respect and determination to survive, seems, at times, to speak for an entire people. Gillian Slovo excels in depicting complex human beings, full of passion, love, ambition, self-interest, who are caught up in their country's history and swept along by it.' Pat Barker

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Praise for Ice Road

  • I grew to love Slovo's powerful narrator, the redoubtable cleaning lady Irina Davydovna . . . Slovo has produced a novel which is demanding, brave and bold . . . Many writers have used the brutal effects of the Seige of Leningrad to explore courage, betrayal and survival, but Slovo adds something important. - Charlie Lee-Potter, Observer

  • This is a novel that explores the motivation and consequences of political events on ordinary lives . . . Ice Road brilliantly depicts, from the emotional inside, the most politically disastrous assassination in Russian history, the murder of Kirov . . . Slovo achieves a depth of psychological realism through the minds of victim and assassin . . . Enthralling and persuasive are Irina and Anya, the cleaner and the orphan . . . along with Natasha, a Russian tragic heroine and the fine portrayal of Leonid Nikolaev . . . - Rachel Holmes, Times

  • This is a beautifully composed, expertly structured and wonderfully evocative masterpiece - Gillian Slovo's greatest achievement to date - Daily Mail

  • Slovo describes the death of an ideal with a passion that makes her book moving and memorable - Sunday Telegraph

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Gillian Slovo

Gillian Slovo (father Joe Slovo, mother Ruth First) was educated in Britain where she has spent all her adult life. Since Nelson Mandela's release she has made frequent visits to South Africa. She has written seven books.

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