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Two Thought Provoking Novels About Racial Oppression

Who could have imagined that in the 21st century and with a United Nations Council mandated to preserve the peace that a city could be subjected to a protracted siege and the bombardment of innocents? That a huge city could be destroyed by shelling?

If you are in any doubt about what the innocent people of Aleppo have endured and continue to endure then I commend to you a well-researched novel by Helen Dunmore.  The Siege was first published in 2002. Set against the background of the siege of Leningrad by the Nazis during WWII, the protagonist is Anna, a young woman with caring responsibilities for her novelist father and her five-year-old brother. Despite the horrendous circumstances of daily life Anna falls in love and the extended family shares a battle for survival in the beleaguered city.

Beautifully written, when it was first released the book received glittering accolades from critics writing for the more important British newspapers.

Literary writing of the highest order set agai…