The novel is set half in 1941, at the time of the Nazi siege aroung Leningrad, and half in the present. In 1941, Marina was ayoung tourist guide working for the Ermitage museum, accompanying the tourists from room to room. Her love for art and beauty is second only for her love for Dimitrij, a young soldier protecting the city.
In the present, Marina and Dimitrij are an old married couple attending the wedding of their granddaughter. Marina has been suffering from Alzheimer's, and half of the time she can't remember what happens to her, but she can still clearly picture in her mind the war in Leningrad and the beautiful works of art of the museum.
This is a moving book about a woman and her love for art. I liked it very much.