When German troops surround Leningrad and cut off food supplies in the fall of 1941, no one imagines that the siege will last 900 long days and take hundreds of thousands of lives. As the first 'hunger winter' sets in, the city's residents strip the bark off trees, boil and eat moss-covered stones, and trade priceless antiques for half a loaf of bread-and sex for a chunk of sugar. But the scientists at the Institute of Plant Industry pledge to protect their collection of rare seeds, painstakingly gathered from all over the world, no matter the human cost. One scientist describes how his small group of colleagues, including his quietly determined wife, Alena, splinters between those who would preserve their principles at the price of starvation, and others who turn to deception-and more sinister measures-to survive. His memories of the years before the war, when he traveled throughout the world and tasted the sensual pleasures of life's lush richness, offset his heartbreaking account of the most wrenching decisions a human being can make.
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Used availability for Elise Blackwell's Hunger
August 2003 : UK Hardback
April 2003 : USA Hardback
April 2011 : UK Paperback
Author(s): Elise Blackwell
ISBN: 0-09-956442-4 / 978-0-09-956442-3 (UK edition)
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April 2008 : USA Paperback
June 2004 : UK Paperback
April 2004 : USA Paperback