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Read for a Lifetime 2022-2023 List: I Must Betray You

Illinois Center for the Book Reading Program

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321 Pages Romania, 1989.  Communist regimes are crumbling across Europe.  Seventeen-year-old Cristian Florescu dreams of becoming a writer, but Romanians aren’t free to dream; they are bound by rules and force.  Amidst the tyrannical dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu in a country governed by isolation and fear, Cristian is blackmailed by the secret police to become an informer.  He’s left with only two choices: betray everyone and everything he loves—or use his position to creatively undermine the most notoriously evil dictator in Eastern Europe.  Cristian risks everything to unmask the truth behind the regime, give voice to fellow Romanians, and expose to the world what is happening in his country.  He eagerly joins the revolution to fight for change when the time arrives.  But what is the cost of freedom? 

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