Russian Winter (2010) by Daphne Kalotay


Critical Evaluation “‘Russian Winter,’ Daphne Kalotay's first novel, is a magnificent tale of love, loss, betrayal and redemption. Shifting between Moscow and Boston and alternating the past with the present, the story centers on Nina Revskaya, a star of the Bolshoi Ballet, known as 'the Butterfly.' Her fame peaks during the dark days of the Cold War when all Russians were aware that 'anyone could turn in anyone else, for any thing. Small things. . . . Speaking the wrong thing, telling the wrong joke. . . . It was impossible not to know someone who was arrested.' In 1952, despite warnings that [...]