When the Doves Disappeared: A novel

by Sofi Oksanen

Other authorsLola Rogers (Translator)
Paper Book, 2015

Status

Available

Series

Genres

Publication

New York : Knopf, 2015.

Description

"From the internationally acclaimed author of Purge--a chillingly suspenseful, deftly woven new novel that opens up a little-known yet still controversial chapter of history: the occupation, resistance, and collaboration in Estonia during and after World War II. 1941: In Communist-ruled, war-ravaged Estonia, two men have deserted 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"-- "1941: In Communist-ruled, war-ravaged Estonia, two men have deserted 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"--… (more)

User reviews

LibraryThing member knittingmomof3
When the Doves Disappeared is an exceptional work of literary and historical fiction by Finnish-Estonian author Sofi Oksanen. While the book covers topics of tragedy, treachery, occupation, and resistance, it also offers up hope, love, and honor, all of which is covered in Oksanen’s beautiful prose. On a personal level, I enjoyed this book not only for the well-crafted storylines, but also because Soviet foreign policy is my area of expertise. The book takes place in communist controlled Estonia in 1941 and 1963. In 1941 we meet Roland and Edgar, both fleeing the Red Army, and Roland goes into hiding while his cousin Edgar abandons his wife Juudit and becomes a loyal supporter of the Nazi regime. Moving forward to 1963, Estonia is firmly under Soviet control and Edgar has shifted alliance to become a Soviet apparatchik, however will his secrets stay safe as long as Roland and Juudit do not uncover the truth? While this may sound confusing, or at least crammed with information, it is best not to give to much away, I prefer books to unfold as the author intended and When the Doves Disappeared is definitely one where a little information is all that is needed. Oksanen is a masterful storyteller and her deft writing and detailed historical accounts make this an excellent work of deception and heroism in the worst of circumstances. The three main characters tie the storylines together and bring these crucial moments in Estonian history to light, through three completely different viewpoints, which intertwine deftly to show the humanistic viewpoints of the collaboration in Eastern Europe. I would recommend When the Doves Disappeared to those who enjoy historical fiction and beautiful works of literature.… (more)
LibraryThing member martinhughharvey
Gave up o it. Too rambling and I didn't want to invest the effort to see how it progressed.
LibraryThing member martinhughharvey
Gave up o it. Too rambling and I didn't want to invest the effort to see how it progressed.

Language

Original language

Finnish

Barcode

5979

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