Symphony for the City of the Dead By M. T. Anderson


Symphony for the City of the Dead By M. T. Anderson


A riveting account of the part Russian composer Shostakovich played in the Siege of Leningrad from award-winning author M. T. Anderson.

From internationally acclaimed YA author M. T. Anderson comes the true story of a city under siege, thrillingly told and impeccably researched. In September 1941, Adolf Hitler’s Wehrmacht surrounded Leningrad in what was to become one of the longest and most destructive sieges in Western history. After three years of bombardment and starvation, culminating in the bitterly cold winter of 1943–44, more than a million citizens lost their lives. In order to survive, many residents burned books, furniture and floorboards to keep warm; they ate family pets and, eventually, each other. In the midst of this bloodshed, Dimitri Shostakovich composed the Leningrad Symphony, a piece that both rallied and eulogized his fellow citizens ... and which would come to play a surprising part in the Allies' eventual victory.

  • Eye-witness accounts from survivors of the siege give chilling anecdotal detail to this riveting story of bravery and defiance in the face of terrifying odds.
  • This is bestselling YA fiction author M. T. Anderson's first venture into YA non-fiction.
  • This book has been excellently received in the US. On receiving a proof copy, John Green posted the following on Twitter: "The most exciting galley I've received in years: the great M. T. Anderson's next masterpiece."

About the author

M. T. Anderson is the author of the award-winning Feed,as well as The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation Volume I: The Pox Party, a New York Times bestseller, and its sequel The Kingdom on the Waves, which was also a New York Times bestseller. M. T. Anderson lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Follow him on Twitter under the handle: @_MTAnderson.

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