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After the Alhambra Decree was issued against the Jews in Spain of , some of Montefiore's ancestors stayed in the country whilst remaining secretly Jewish. During the reign of Philip II of Spain , one of them became governor of a province of Mexico, where he and his family were denounced by a political rival and tortured by the Inquisition.
Two teenaged girls were burned alive in Mexico City while a son escaped to Italy and changed his name to Montefiore. At the start of the 19th century, Montefiore's great-great-uncle, Sir Moses Montefiore , was an international financier who worked with the Rothschild family and who became a philanthropist.
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Her parents fled the Russian Empire at the beginning of the 20th century. They bought tickets for New York City, but were cheated, being instead dropped off at Cork , Ireland.
Montefiore was educated at Ludgrove School and Harrow School where he was editor of the school newspaper, The Harrovian; he interviewed Margaret Thatcher for The Harrovian in the autumn of Montefiore worked as a banker, a foreign affairs journalist, and a war correspondent covering the conflicts during the fall of the Soviet Union. Montefiore's debut novel King's Parade was published in The Spectator called the book "embarrassing" and "extremely silly". Montefiore lives in London with his wife, the novelist Santa Montefiore , and their two children.
Montefiore's last non fiction book The Romanovs — was accused of containing several historical errors by well-known Swedish historian Dick Harrison. This monumental work is an essential addition to the library of anyone interested in Russian history'. Montefiore has written a Moscow Trilogy of fictional thrillers, set in Russia. These have received positive reviews.
Sashenka was described by the Washington Post as 'Spellbinding. The action in this novel is really at the front, on horseback where Benya, his riders and his new love, Fabiana, are living with terrifying and ferocious intensity… but it adds excitement that we, the reader, know what Stalin and later Hitler themselves think about the battle in which Benya is just a tiny cog. And of course we meet Svetlana Stalin who is a wonderful defiant and irrepressible character herself, filled with passion and hope, ready to fight her father.
It adds to thrill that these two worlds coexist in parallel and constantly redirect each other in surprising and terrifying ways…. Yes this novel gallops with breathless immediacy, breath to breath… to create the feel that the reader is living these terrible ten days with the characters, never sure what will come next, if they will survive the next minutes let alone days….
Yes, Jaba the Mafia boss in the Gulag camps is a fascinating character who is based on many of the real godfathers of crime who actually ruled those camps. The female characters are my favourite in all my novels and in this one too: yes, Fabiana is an adorably passionate, impetuous and brave — and yes, a foolhardy and reckless person whose dreams are elevated and poetical, but who is disappointed in the path of her life — and somehow she comes to the war, the absurd Italian expedition to back Hitler against Russia, hoping to find meaning, to save her marriage, and instead disaster strikes… until she meets Benya Golden.
For a short time she can live the dreams of her girlhood, the poems that she loved, her passion for life… And yes, she totally challenges the traditional characters of women at war. She is not passive. She is not dutiful, nor afraid. Many of my characters know they might die out there and they dream that they will be somehow remembered and so Benya, the writer, is suddenly important and when we see things through his eyes, we know he, as a writer, will see things normal observers would not see…. Red Sky at Noon is an adventure and thriller but it also refers to many great works of literature that I have loved and that real characters at that time would have known very well.
Red Sky at Noon is in one way a Western on the Eastern Front, and a few riders, desperadoes and ruffians, riding alone across vast wildernesses in boiling heat, may give it the feel of a cowboy classic. It has the great love affair, it has the ominous figure of Stalin in Moscow, but really, we are living with this tiny posse of riders, their horses, the hot plains, the terrifying killers on both sides, the jerk of sudden events, the unleashing of grotesque monsters and all the time, the aspiration to stay alive, to survive, to do good, to preserve your humanity.
In some ways, this is a homage to the great Western writers such Larrry McMurtry of Lonesome Dove and others who understand that a Western adventure is sometimes a good way to look at what makes us humans different from the animals…. If you have changed your email address then contact us and we will update your details.
How important was it for creating an affinity between your readers and the experiences you describe to follow a character like Benya? Why did you choose to give readers this split perspective? It adds to thrill that these two worlds coexist in parallel and constantly redirect each other in surprising and terrifying ways… This is a novel which emphasises lives lived in the immediate present. As a reader you often feel you are living with these characters from breath to breath. Was it a very deliberate narrative approach?
Yes this novel gallops with breathless immediacy, breath to breath… to create the feel that the reader is living these terrible ten days with the characters, never sure what will come next, if they will survive the next minutes let alone days… This novel is punctuated by some very dark and sinister characters.
How much of a challenge was it to try and create figures of almost unbelievable brutality and make them believable figures? An official investigation revealed the students were murdered and their bodies burned in a garbage dump. Many of the students' parents reject this version of events, continue to search for them, and demand justice through protests.
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