Episode 62 • January 31, 2022

Shining a light on the dark corners of history with Ruta Sepetys (‘I Must Betray You’)

Show Notes

Ruta Sepetys shares the ins and outs of writing historical fiction.


In I Must Betray You, Ruta Sepetys’ characters face a dark world of strict obedience. When seventeen-year-old Cristian Florescu is forced to become an informer for the secret police, he risks his life and tries to undermine the dictatorship he lives under. It might sound like another dystopian novel, but this one is set against the backdrop of a real historical period: the Romanian dictatorship of Nicolae Ceaușescu.

Ruta Sepetys writes historical fiction. She shares the experience of writing I Must Betray You, and historical fiction in general, on this episode of the podcast.

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