The Mystery of Olga Chekhova

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Antony Beevor's The Mystery of Olga Chekhova is the true story of a family torn apart by revolution and war.

Olga Chekhova was a stunning Russian beauty and a famous Nazi-era film actress who Hitler counted among his friends; she was also the niece of Anton Chekhov. After fleeing Bolshevik Moscow for Berlin in 1920, she was recruited by her composer brother Lev, to work for Soviet intelligence. In return, her family were allowed to join her. The extraordinary story of how the whole family survived the Russian Revolution, the civil war, the rise of Hitler, the Stalinist Terror, and the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union becomes, in Antony Beevor's hands, a breathtaking tale of compromise and survival in a merciless age.

'A fascinating spy story, a delicious entertainment, a compelling investigation' Evening Standard

'An extraordinary drama of exile and espionage' Independent

'Compelling ... as engaging a read as Stalingrad and Berlin' Guardian

Antony Beevor is the renowned author of Stalingrad, which won the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Wolfson Prize for History and the Hawthornden Prize for Literature, and Berlin, which received the first Longman-History Today Trustees' Award. His books have sold nearly four million copies.

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This book, based largely on new material, is a spin off from Berlin: The Downfall 1945. Antony Beevor has put together from many sources a fascinating account of a Russo-German family. Several members are trapped in Hitler's Berlin as the Red Army fights its way in at the end of April 1945. The rest of their relatives in Moscow are half-expecting to be arrested by the NKVD secret police at any moment because their niece appeared in photographs with Hitler and members of his entourage. It is an extraordinary story from extraordinary times.

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‘A fascinating spy story, a delicious entertainment, a compelling investigation’ -- Evening Standard

‘An extraordinary drama of exile and espionage’ -- Independent

‘Compelling … as engaging a read as Stalingrad and Berlin’ -- Guardian

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