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The Life of an Unknown Man

The Life of an Unknown Man

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by Andrei Makine

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A deeply moving meditation on memory, history, love, and art by the author of Dreams of My Russian Summers

In The Life of an Unknown Man, Andreï Makine explores what truly matters in life through the prism of Russia's past and present.

Shutov, a disenchanted writer, revisits St. Petersburg after twenty years of exile in Paris, hoping

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The Life of an Unknown Man: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another excellent Makine novel. Not necessarily his best, but all must be read. Do not be discouraged by the slow start, focusing on the ennui of a Russian émigré in Paris. His return home is also a bit disheartening in that it is hard that one does not know what has been going on back home since the collapse of the Soviet Union... However, there, the main character the "Unknown Man" comes into the story. Beautifully written, almost like poetry... The issue is, how many these days would even know about the blockade of Leningrad and the horrid conditions the citizens of this brave city had to suffer under Hitler's siege... Get some background on the siege of Leningrad before reading this book...
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