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When the Doves Disappeared

Sofi Oksanen

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31 December 2015

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781782391289

RRP: £8.99

7 May 2015

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781782391272

1941: In Communist-ruled, war-ravaged Estonia, two men are fleeing from the Red Army – Roland, a fiercely principled freedom fighter, and his slippery cousin Edgar. When the Germans arrive, Roland goes into hiding; Edgar abandons his unhappy wife, Juudit, and takes on a new identity as a loyal supporter of the Nazi regime…

1963: Estonia is again under Communist control, independence even further out of reach behind the Iron Curtain. Edgar is now a Soviet apparatchik, desperate to hide the secrets of his past life and stay close to those in power. But his fate remains entangled with Roland’s, and with Juudit, who may hold the key to uncovering the truth…

In a masterfully told story that moves between the tumult of these two brutally repressive eras – a story of surveillance, deception, passion, and betrayal – Sofi Oksanen brings to life both the frailty, and the resilience, of humanity under the shadow of tyranny.

REVIEWS

At once a historical novel, a crime story, a psychological novel, a romance, a war novel... An explosive book with a dark heart
Le Monde (France)

Oksanen belongs in the premier league of literature... Such a powerful and moving story
Dagsavisen (Norway)

Constantly alive and pulsating without for a second losing the perfect pitch
Allehanda (Sweden)

The intrigue holds the reader like a spy novel in the style of le Carré
Le Magazine Littéraire (France)

One of the best translated fiction books of 2015.
The Independent