My Russian Love

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My Russian Love opens in the present as Luca, a successful 40-year-old screenwriter, is returning to Paris from newly renamed St. Petersburg, where he intends to shoot a film based on a short story by Pushkin. In the dining car of the train, five tables in front of him and across the aisle, he sees a woman make an unusual gesture, tossing her hair back and putting her palm to the back of her neck in pain. The gesture shocks him, awakening a twenty-year-old memory he had thought buried forever. Before he can react, the girl rises from the table and disappears.
The memory is of a girl named Anna, the great love of Luca's youth, and the rest of the novel is a braid woven of two strands: how Luca and Anna met, fell in love, and were separated; and Luca's increasingly desperate effort to find the girl he glimpsed on the train.
What follows, in flashback, is a recounting, in passionately intimate detail, of Luca and Anna's affair. Despite its simplicity of style, My Russian Love is a complex, seamless love story spanning a generation, and effortlessly switching locales between St. Petersburg, Paris, and New York. The ending is an explosive secret few readers will guess in advance, and it is shattering.
Soaked in art, poetry, music, and film, My Russian Love packs an emotional wallop."

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In a mere 176 pages, French writer Dan Franck's My Russian Love details the history of a love affair that spans two decades. The story begins on a train when 40-year-old Luca, a successful French filmmaker, glimpses a woman in the dining car. An unusual gesture she makes transports him back in memory to Paris of the 1970s. That's when Luca, then a young film student, first met Anna, a Russian girl whose parents sent her to France to study. The two fell in love but were separated when Anna was suddenly called back to the Soviet Union. The rest of the novel follows Luca's quest to find the girl on the train and perhaps solve the mystery of Anna.

The novel is short, the story deceptively simple, but the themes Franck explores are profound ones. The author's experience as a screenwriter is apparent throughout, both in his characterization of the world Luca travels and in the scenes themselves, which are as finely crafted as if seen through the lens of a discerning cinematographer.

Language Notes:

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

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