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Amid the ashes of the Soviet Union a Russian army doctor turned spy addresses the woman he loves - a fellow spy who has shared his shadowy life in Africa, Europe and the Middle East, but who has disappeared. The tale he unfolds spans three generations of his family, ordinary people caught up in the convulsions of the Russian empire in the twentieth century, from the civil war through the Second World War to beyond the fall of communism. It is a tale of brutality and soured dreams yet also one of altruism, tenacity and immense courage, written by a master.
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Andrei Makine was born in Siberia in 1957, and taught at the University of Novgorod. In 1987 he left the Soviet Union and sought asylum in Paris, where he lived rough before finding teaching work. He is the author of LE TESTAMENT FRANCAIS, the unprecedented winner of both the Prix Goncourt and Prix Medicis and an international bestseller, which was followed by THE CRIME OF OLGA ARBYELINA (Sceptre 99). CONFESSIONS OF A LAPSED STANDARD-BEARER, his second novel, was published in English by Sceptre in 2000.Review:
Engrossing ... a compassionate elegy for a dying empire. * Telegraph Summer Reading Paperback Choice * A slow burner, this - but burn it does ... the result is a requiem indeed, with all its beauty tied up in sadness. * Guardian * This book is a requiem for many things: not only for the Soviet Union but for love found and lost, for identity and truth * The Good Book Guide, London * A major writer in the grand tradition of European literature, to which few, if any, contemporary English novelists can ever hope to belong * Sebastian Shakespeare, Literary Review [Once Upon * Subtly allusive and deceptively lyrical ... Makine manages the different strands of the story with great skill * Robin Buss, Independent on Sunday * A powerful, passionate piece, epic in scope * David Robson, Sunday Telegraph * Makine has already established his readership. Powerful and intelligent, Requiem for the East, with its elegiac evocation of a past age, should extend that readership still further. * Alastair Sooke, Times Literary Supplement * Makine's eye for the telling detail of battle or the first stirring of romance is reminiscent of Michael Ondaatje * Tim Adams, Observer * A luminous, beautifully crafted new novel by much-praised Russian emigre author Makine ... Each temporal leap the novel makes illuminates and defines its crucial events ... Makine writes lyrically, baring his struggling characters' emotions and vivifying their oft-chaotic backdrops with equal brio. The arc of the novel shows, above all, that life patterns repeat themselves; we watch the same conflicts playing themselves out in three life stories ... Displays the sensitivity and honesty of his acclaimed previous works. * Publishers Weekly (starred preview) * A novel remarkable for its combination of grandeur and extreme concision ... [a] memorable depiction of a Dostoevskian world of good, evil and the ever-present possibility of redemption ... an awesome achievement, head and shoulders above any novel that I have read so far this year * Francis King, Literary Review * A beautifully written, all-engrossing, compassionate elegy for a dying empire. I cannot think of a book I have enjoyed more in the past year. * Toby Clements, Daily Telegraph * The writing is dense and absolutely absorbing. By snapping back and forth through the history of the Soviet Union, Makine shows us both its irresolvable contradictions and its immense draw. This is a beautifully written, all-engrossing, compassionate elegy for a dying empire. I cannot think of a book I have enjoyed more in the past year. * Toby Clements, Daily Telegraph *
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Book Description Sceptre, 2002. Paperback. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # VIB0340794364
Book Description Sceptre, 2002. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0340794364