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Six Days in Leningrad

Narrated by: Paullina Simons
Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
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The never-before-told story of the journey behind The Bronze Horseman, now in audio for the first time.

From the author of the celebrated, internationally best-selling The Bronze Horseman saga comes a glimpse into the private life of its much loved creator and the real story behind the epic novels. Paullina Simons gives us a work of nonfiction as captivating and heartwrenching as the lives of Tatiana and Alexander.

Only a few chapters into writing her first story set in Russia, her mother country, Paullina Simons traveled to Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) with her beloved Papa. What began as a research trip turned into six days that forever changed her life, the course of her family, and the novel that became The Bronze Horseman. After a quarter-century away from her native land, Paullina and her father found a world trapped in yesteryear, with crumbling stucco buildings, entire families living in seven-square-meter communal apartments, and barren fields bombed so badly that nothing would grow there even 50 years later. And yet there were the spectacular white nights, the warm hospitality of family friends, and, of course, the pelmeni and caviar.

At times poignant, at times inspiring and funny, this is both a fascinating glimpse into the inspiration behind the epic saga and a touching story of a family's history, a father and a daughter, and the fate of a nation.

©2015 HarperCollins Publishers Australia Pty Ltd (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Australia Pty Ltd

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Loved it

I’m about to go to Russia again after last visit 39 years ago. Her book is so interesting and informative, I enjoyed every moment

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Reality check

We take so much for granted in our lives from running water and electricity to the people around us and the security of routine and infrastructure. This book challenges our basic assumptions about what we need to be happy. It gives a great insight into a different culture and the sacrifices made by others so that we can live the way we do. It puts our pet peeves into perspective.

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Thank you

I loved this story It was funny ,nostalgic and poignant It doesnt matter which part of the world you come from we all have our histories . We are not so far apart .

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Loved it

Love Paullina - for her openness and honesty and sharing her life, regrets, loves and laughs. Great insight into the rich history of Russia and the suffering of their people. Warm and real. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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Inspirational

I really loved this book. Really well written, I felt like I was there with her throughout the story. Really inspired, I am looking to book a trip to Russia myself

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So special

Such a lovely emotive story; thank you for sharing it, I was introduced to a country and culture from a beautiful perspective and it felt like I was on the journey with you.

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Extraordinary

An amazingly powerful book. Having been to Leningrad in 1990 for one short week, this book brings back to mind the whole uneasy feeling of the city at that time, and a desire to see it again in a newer, free atmosphere. Thank you Paullina for sharing this- I was in tears at times and I will return to revisit what is now. st Petersburg