Viewing Entry - I was Anastasia (S15513) by Lawhon, Ariel
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I was Anastasia
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Historical fiction. Nicholas II, Emperor of Russia, 1868-1918 -- Family -- Assassination -- Fiction. Anastasii︠a︡ Nikolaevna, Grand Duchess, daughter of Nicholas II, Emperor of Russia, 1901-1918 -- Fiction. Romanov, House of -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction. Impersonation -- Fiction.
Russia, July 17, 1918: Under direct orders from Vladimir Lenin, Bolshevik secret police force Anastasia Romanov, along with the entire imperial family, into a damp basement in Siberia where they face a merciless firing squad. None survive. At least that is what the executioners have always claimed. Germany, February 17, 1920: A young woman bearing an uncanny resemblance to Anastasia Romanov is pulled shivering and senseless from a canal in Berlin. Refusing to explain her presence in the freezing water, she is taken to the hospital where an examination reveals that her body is riddled with countless, horrific scars. When she finally does speak, this frightened, mysterious woman claims to be the Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia. Her detractors, convinced that the young woman is only after the immense Romanov fortune, insist on calling her by a different name: Anna Anderson. As rumors begin to circulate through European society that the youngest Romanov daughter has survived the massacre, old enemies and new threats are awakened.