The Betrayal ~ Helen Dunmore

Helen Dunmore’s Stalin era (1952) The Betrayal is a bleak look at life under the thumb of what we’ve come to know as Stalinism. The state is all-powerful and everyone is living in a house of cards which can come tumbling down at any moment. Suspicion, spitefulness, vigilance: these are the cornerstones of this repressive society. A society that is stilted and bleak. Not surprising then that the novel itself is somewhat stilted and cardboard, though there are exceptions.

[more at the Booker 2010 page]

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