In 1941, as World War II raged on other fronts, the Nazis invaded the Soviet Union and subjected the city of Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) to a siege of 872 days. The city’s three million residents were robbed of food, electricity, heat and dignity. Inspired by a true story, The Concert is about the musicians, artists, dancers and writers who survived the siege by embracing their creativity.
One year after the invasion, the Radio Orchestra of Leningrad performed a memorable concert that lifted the city’s spirit, and propelling them toward victory. Intensified by what one reviewer called “Neuman’s vivid storytelling,” this book captures the resilience and indomitable spirit of a people under assault.
Hailed as “a breathtaking novel about women, love, and difficult choices,” by journalist Anush Avetisyan, the novel is a must-read for history buffs and female heroes. Even those who have read deeply in the World War II genre may be surprised to learn of the epic brutalities in Hitler’s siege of Leningrad. The story highlights the power of the individual, and champions the capacity of music, dance, art and words, to uplift, inspire, and unite, even in the most challenging of times.
A former journalist and a PhD in history, Johanna Neuman is one of the nation’s leading experts on women’s suffrage and has written about female activism and international politics. The author also blogs at Make Orwell Fiction Again, about the fraying of American culture.