City of Thieves

A Novel

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From the critically acclaimed author of The 25th Hour and When the Nines Roll Over and co-creator of the HBO series Game of Thrones, a captivating novel about war, courage, survival - and a remarkable friendship that ripples across a lifetime.

During the Nazis' brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a handsome deserter named Kolya. Instead of being executed, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter's wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt through the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and behind enemy lines to find the impossible.

By turns insightful and funny, thrilling and terrifying, the New York Times bestseller City of Thieves is a gripping, cinematic World War II adventure and an intimate coming-of-age story with an utterly contemporary feel for how boys become men.
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David Benioff was born and raised in New York City. He adapted his first novel, The 25th Hour, into the feature film directed by Spike Lee. With many other screenplays to his credit, he is also the writer of the films, "Brothers" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine". Stories from his critically acclaimed collection When the Nines Roll Over appeared in Best New American Voices and The Best Nonrequired American Reading. His latest novel is City of Thieves. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter where he is a co-creator and writer for the HBO hit series "Game of Thrones."
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 272
Altersempfehlung ab 18
Erscheinungsdatum 01.03.2009
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-452-29529-2
Verlag Penguin LCC US
Maße (L/B/H) 20,3/13,3/1,7 cm
Gewicht 201 g
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„"City of Thieves"“

M. Dupré, Thalia-Buchhandlung Limburg

Everyone who read Khaled Hosseini’s „The Kite Runner“ – watch out! If you thought you might never again read such an outstanding novel about friendship, I might prove you wrong.
The plot sounds absurd: two adolescent guys desperately egg-hunting in the encircled, starving city of Leningrad 1942. It’s mostly the absurdity of their mission, that welds together the mousy Lew and the bragging loudmouth Kolya, whose lifes depend on a dozen eggs.
Another great Novel by David Benioff, whose melancholic NYC-drama “The 25th Hour” is also worth a look.
By the way: Part of “The City of Thieves” is based on facts, and Lew is none other than Lew Benioff, David Benioffs grandfather.

This audiobook is intriguingly read by "Hellboy" Ron Perlman.
Everyone who read Khaled Hosseini’s „The Kite Runner“ – watch out! If you thought you might never again read such an outstanding novel about friendship, I might prove you wrong.
The plot sounds absurd: two adolescent guys desperately egg-hunting in the encircled, starving city of Leningrad 1942. It’s mostly the absurdity of their mission, that welds together the mousy Lew and the bragging loudmouth Kolya, whose lifes depend on a dozen eggs.
Another great Novel by David Benioff, whose melancholic NYC-drama “The 25th Hour” is also worth a look.
By the way: Part of “The City of Thieves” is based on facts, and Lew is none other than Lew Benioff, David Benioffs grandfather.

This audiobook is intriguingly read by "Hellboy" Ron Perlman.

„"Funny, sad and thrilling"“

Nina Grahmann, Thalia-Buchhandlung Hamburg

"My grandfather, the knife fighter, killed two Germans before he was eighteen."
Quite a sentence to start with, isn`t it?


Young Lev has to fight for his life in 1940`s
Leningrad. Being accused of robbery, Lev and his fellow Kolya are to find eggs for the colonel`s wedding cake, otherwise both of them are going to get killed. But since eggs are rather rare in wartime Russia, Kolya and Lev set out on a trip full of adventures, as well as sad and often shocking moments.

This book is so special to me, as there are very few books about wartime Russia that are not "drenched in tears".
David Benioff is a highly aclaimed Hollywood-Scriptwriter ("25 hours").

"My grandfather, the knife fighter, killed two Germans before he was eighteen."
Quite a sentence to start with, isn`t it?


Young Lev has to fight for his life in 1940`s
Leningrad. Being accused of robbery, Lev and his fellow Kolya are to find eggs for the colonel`s wedding cake, otherwise both of them are going to get killed. But since eggs are rather rare in wartime Russia, Kolya and Lev set out on a trip full of adventures, as well as sad and often shocking moments.

This book is so special to me, as there are very few books about wartime Russia that are not "drenched in tears".
David Benioff is a highly aclaimed Hollywood-Scriptwriter ("25 hours").

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all about eggs.....
von Glimmer am 08.03.2011
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Lenningrad 2. Weltkrieg-- Die Geschichte könnte schrulliger nicht sein! Zwei Männer werden in die gleiche Zelle in Piter geworfen, der jüngre- Lev- wegen verlassen seines Postens und der ältere- Kolya- wegen Desertation. Lev- 17 Jahre alt und völlig unbedarft was Krieg und Frauen angeht ist schnell gezwungen mit dem weltmännichen... Lenningrad 2. Weltkrieg-- Die Geschichte könnte schrulliger nicht sein! Zwei Männer werden in die gleiche Zelle in Piter geworfen, der jüngre- Lev- wegen verlassen seines Postens und der ältere- Kolya- wegen Desertation. Lev- 17 Jahre alt und völlig unbedarft was Krieg und Frauen angeht ist schnell gezwungen mit dem weltmännichen Studenten Kolya auszukommen, da sie eine schier unmögliche Aufgabe zum Austausch für ihre Freiheit bekommen, sie sollen innerhalb von fünf Tagen 12 Eier für die Hochzeit der Tochter eines hohen Offiziers beschaffen. In diesem Buch verbindet sich ein dramatischer Plot mit humoristischen Wendungen und Charakteren. Lev und Koyla sind ein ungewöhnliches "Paar" und da es sich um einen first personen narrator, aus Lev´s Sicht handelt, gewinnt der Krieg auf jeder Seite mehr Schrecken, Benioff scheut keine detallierten Beschreibung der grausamen Kriegstreiberei der Nazis und der Russen. Am Ende ergibt sich ein komplexes Bild aus Propaganda, Hungertod und Überlebenswille. Ein herausragendes Buch das jeden zum Pazifisten macht und jeden der es schon ist, darin bestätigt!