Underground

Underground

Book - 2011
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"Inspired by true events, Underground tells the story of a troubled romance between Lukas and Elena, two members of the underground Lithuanian resistance movement in mid-1940's. After shooting up a room full of Soviet government workers during their engagement party, Lukas and Elena become folk heroes to their political cause, but are forced deep into hiding in order to escape punishment for their role in the massacre. When their secret bunker is discovered, Lukas is nearly captured. Believing his beloved Elena has been killed in the raid, Lukas is forced to flee the country and the increasingly hopeless resistance movement that he has defended over the years. Finding himself stranded in Paris, Lukas falls in love again, remarries, and begins his live anew. When an unexpected crisis arises back home, the tranquility of Lucas' new life is shattered. Stealing back into his former country, Lukas embarks on the most important fight of his life. Based on true historical revelations and fragments of the author's family history, Underground is an engaging literary thriller and love story that explores the narrow range of options open to men and women in desperate situations, when history crashes into personal desires and private life."--Inside cover.
Publisher: Toronto :, Thomas Allen,, [2011]
ISBN: 9780887627361
0887627366
Branch Call Number: FICTION SIL
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 23 cm

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Vilka Sep 17, 2018

Despite the description, the novel focuses not so much on the protagonist's love story and much more on the partisans' struggle against Soviet occupation and their ever-present hope that help will come from the West, who had meanwhile put them out of mind and forgot about them. Inspired by true stories of the author's family's experiences during the period, the novel gives a good glimpse of the human cost of the Cold War and the Iron Curtain. Readers will sympathize with the characters' very real struggles to maintain hope when hope is dwindling and fight the temptation to give in when troubles seem overwhelming.

debwalker Apr 09, 2011

"“How are we going to survive unless we turn our hearts to stone?” a comrade warns the hero of Antanas Sileika’s Underground. The question is an example of the elegant thinking that characterizes this rare and compelling chronicle of Lithuanian partisans and their violent struggle against Soviet occupation. Sileika’s third novel follows the military career of Lukas Petronis, whose bravery and commitment to the cause elevate him to legendary status within the resistance movement. Despite his heroism, Lukas keeps his heart from growing hard by falling in love with Elena, the sister of a partisan."

Donna Bailey Nurse
Globe & Mail April 8 2011

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