Publication Date: 09/03/2023 ISBN: 9781529115291 Category:

Iron Curtain

Vesna Goldsworthy

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication Date: 09/03/2023 ISBN: 9781529115291 Category:
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‘A piercingly evocative East-West love story’ The Times

This is a story of East and West. A story of love, betrayal, and lost illusions…

The end of the Cold War seems unimaginable for Milena, a Red Princess trapped in a lifetime of limitless luxury.

Yet when she meets Jason, a confident British poet, it’s not long before she’s secretly planning her escape to Britain.

1980s London defies her privileged expectations. And when she discovers Jason’s concept of freedom confronts her deepest-held beliefs, the very ideas of family and state come into question…

‘A wonderful, perfectly-pitched novel: full of delightful intrigue and wry insight about the human predicament and its unique tensions’ William Boyd

‘Witty, poignant and full of surprises – every detail of this cross-cultural story of love and disillusionment rings true’ Clare Chambers

Publisher Review

A poignant, bittersweet love story played out across the east-west divide, it challenges set ideas about loyalty, freedom and ideology -- Frederick Studemann * Financial Times, *Summer Books 2022* * Superb... The divided continent has been at the heart of countless novels over the decades, but few can have been as cleverly crafted or better told than Vesna Goldsworthy's Iron Curtain... Brilliantly written -- Nick Rennison * Sunday Times * The pages fly by, and Goldsworthy's careful scrutiny brings warmth and sympathy to her tale of belonging and betrayal. Tense, brooding and often hilarious, Iron Curtain finds bright sparks as well as bleakness in the cold war's dying embers -- James Stuart * Guardian * Vesna Goldsworthy's masterly novel retains the grace and resilience of literary art while wading deep into the most riveting human drama... Goldsworthy is at once the most impartial and the tenderest of observers, a bold dramatist and a subtle humorist -- Rachel Cusk Original and memorable... a profound understanding of the timeless realities of love, betrayal and the desire for revenge -- Pat Barker

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