Originally published in 1997, The Angels of Russia was the first e-book to be submitted for the Booker Prize. Reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement, it was described as "a sweeping contemporary historical romance, set against the great drama of perestroika."
"My cousin Stéphanie arrived in Leningrad in February 1986. Russia had possessed her since she was a child, not the grey utilitarian empire of Lenin and Stalin, but a romantic fairytale Russia of golden domes and white nights. When she met Sergei, standing in front of the Philharmonia Theatre, she was waiting to hear a concert by that most romantic of all composers, Tchaikovsky."
Stéphanie is a French student, and Sergei is a dissident. When Stéphanie falls in love with him and agrees to a marriage of convenience to help him leave the USSR, she believes that she is helping to outwit the KGB. But in Leningrad in 1986, no one is quite what they seem, and Sergei has another mission to fulfil when he gets to Paris. The apparently "chance" encounter outside the Philharmonia is the opening move in a sinister attempt to entrap a woman who defected to France twenty years earlier. No one will escape unscathed from the tragedy that follows.
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