City of Thieves: A Novel by David Benioff

By David Benioff

Set in the enormous occasions of background, urban of Thieves is an intimate coming-of-age story with an completely modern suppose for the way boys turn into males.

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The shells were landing close enough now that we could hear them whine in the air. The wind was louder, shrieking through the broken windows of abandoned apartments, as if God and the Germans were conspiring to blow down our city. “On the front lines, you get good at judging where the shells will land,” said Kolya, his hands jammed into the pockets of his greatcoat, as he walked into the wind that had been behind us a moment before. ” “I should hope so. ” “Well, a Heinkel from a Dornier, then. I captained the firefighting crew on the—” Kolya held up his hand for me to shut up.

Kolya saluted and marched off to the next stall, relaxed and unworried as if the entire transaction had been clean and easy. I followed behind, heart thumping within my rib cage. “Let’s just find the eggs,” I said. ” He took a deep breath and exhaled through pursed lips, watching the condensation rise into the air. “We both should have died last night. Do you understand that? Do you understand how lucky we are? ” I stopped at a stall where an old peasant woman wearing a headscarf sold patties of pale gray meat.

Wasn’t listening too closely. Sorry, it’s just . . ” The rumor of survivors lifted my spirits. The bomb shelter in the basement seemed sturdy— if people got there in time, they might have made it. Vera and the twins always rushed down to the shelter with their families when the sirens went off. Zavodilov the gangster, on the other hand— I don’t remember ever seeing him in the shelter. He slept through the sirens as he slept through the mornings, with a cold washcloth draped over his forehead and a naked girl by his side.

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