A very good read.
The premise of the story takes place during the seige of Leningrad, where Lev Beniov is arrested for looting a knife off a German paratooper and thrown into the same cell as Kolya, a writer and deserter.
Instead of being executed, Lev and Kolya must secure a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter's wedding cake.
In their search, Lev and Kolya run into a lot of strange people and things, such as: cannibals and their grisly wares hanging from the ceiling chains; the dying boy Vadim and his rooster, Darling; the antitank dog bleeding in the snow; and the dead Russian soldier rooted in the ice.
However, this story is told in such a way that these horrific and brutal events seem humorous.
Thrilling and heart-wrenching all at the same time this is a must read for those who enjoy historical based fiction.