Monday, September 19, 2005
The Winter's Hero, by Vassily Aksyonov, is the second book in the story of the Gradov family, who struggle to survive the long winter of Stalin. In his first book, Generations of Winter, Aksyonov told of how the generations of the Gradovs, bourgoises, intellectuals, Bolsheviks, patriots alike, are scattered across the Soviet Union to their fates, by the winds of war and political terror. In this second book, we find the surviving members of the family now taking root and growing life after war and in the late years of the Man of Steel's reign. I read Generations years ago, and the Gradovs have never left my heart. Highly recommended reading, but sadly not currently in print. You can find it at a good used book store.