City of Thieves

By David Benioff

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David Benioff knows how to tell a good story, whether it’s through film (25th Hour) television, (adaptation of Games of Thrones) or literature. City of Thieves, set during the Siege of Leningrad in WWII, manages to make us laugh while radiating a profound empathy towards one of history’s less-remembered tragedies. We meet Lev, a shy, loveable 17-year-old and the brazen Kolya as they embark on an absurdist quest, through their city’s devastated backdrop, to find a dozen eggs for a Russian colonel. Bookmarked by a young writer looking back on events with his grandfather, you will delight and marvel at Benioff’s storytelling abilities combined with his mastery of the language. 

Great for: 

  • history lovers
  • a funny take on a tragic event 
  • unforgettable characters

 

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