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The life of an unknown man, Andrei Makine ; translated by Geoffrey Strachan

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The life of an unknown man
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The life of an unknown man
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Andrei Makine ; translated by Geoffrey Strachan
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  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
Summary
Jilted by his girlfriend and disillusioned by modern France, the writer Shutov revisits St Petersburg after twenty years in exile, hoping to reconnect with his roots and the woman he loved in his youth. But she, and the brash new Russia that greets him, are not what he was expecting at all. Then he encounters Volsky, a fellow relic of the Communist era who relates his story: of surviving the Siege of Leningrad, the march on Berlin and Stalin's purges, and of a transcendent love affair. It is a tale of extraordinary endurance and courage, yet the old man considers himself unexceptional. Fortunate, too, for he and the woman he loved knew great happiness. To Shutov, his story comes as a revelation, and an inspiration
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Jilted by his girlfriend and disillusioned by modern France, the writer Shutov revisits St Petersburg after twenty years in exile, hoping to reconnect with his roots and the woman he loved in his youth. But she, and the brash new Russia that greets him, are not what he was expecting at all. Then he encounters Volsky, a fellow relic of the Communist era who relates his story: of surviving the Siege of Leningrad, the march on Berlin and Stalin's purges, and of a transcendent love affair. It is a tale of extraordinary endurance and courage, yet the old man considers himself unexceptional. Fortunate, too, for he and the woman he loved knew great happiness. To Shutov, his story comes as a revelation, and an inspiration. In this powerful and moving novel, Andre Makine explores what truly matters in life through the prism of Russia's past and present. Drawing on his own experience of growing up in the Soviet Union, he poses an unsettling question: for all its horrors, was life under Communism richer than it is now? In the story of just another unknown, unsung hero lies an answer.
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10019259
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NOV
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1957-
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Makine, Andrei
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no index present
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Translated from the French
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novels
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Strachan, Geoffrey
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True
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  • Authors, Russian
  • Authors, Russian
  • Communism
  • Saint Petersburg (Russia)
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adult
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The life of an unknown man, Andrei Makine ; translated by Geoffrey Strachan
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Publication
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000046293804
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
vi, 250 p.
Isbn
9781444709759
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(pbk.)
Label
The life of an unknown man, Andrei Makine ; translated by Geoffrey Strachan
Publication
Control code
000046293804
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
vi, 250 p.
Isbn
9781444709759
Isbn Type
(pbk.)

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