Confessions of a Fallen Standard-Bearer: A Novel

Confessions of a Fallen Standard-Bearer: A Novel

by Andrei Makine
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions


They are virtual brothers, Arkady and Alyosha, young pioneers in Stalin's postwar world, marching to the clarion call of socialism, to the stirring beat of the drums. The future, they are assured, is bright and beautiful. But what, then, are those endless miles of barbed wire they encounter everywhere along their route?

This is the moving, two-generational tale

Overview


They are virtual brothers, Arkady and Alyosha, young pioneers in Stalin's postwar world, marching to the clarion call of socialism, to the stirring beat of the drums. The future, they are assured, is bright and beautiful. But what, then, are those endless miles of barbed wire they encounter everywhere along their route?

This is the moving, two-generational tale of two families, those of Yakov Zinger and Pyotr Yevdokimov, fathers of the two young pioneers. Inseparable, the two men have been through the grueling war against the Germans, with all its horror and senseless carnage. Yakov—or Yasha, as he was known—emerged physically intact but scarred forever "from the moment he had been lifted out of a mountain of frozen bodies at a camp in liberated Poland.” Pyotr, a skilled sniper who operated behind the German lines, lost both his legs, not at the hands of the Germans, but as a result of an artillery "mistake" by his own forces. Together, in these postwar, Cold War years, the two families try to piece together their shattered lives.

Editorial Reviews

Sunday Telegraph

Makine is a master word painter. Confessions of a Fallen Standard Bearer . . . has the panoramic sweep of the great Russian novels of the nineteenth century.

Review of Contemporary Fiction

Makine continues to earn the sky-high literary comparisons (Proust, Balzac, Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky) thrust upon him.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611456929
Publisher:
Arcade Publishing
Publication date:
09/01/2012
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
1,031,486
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.50(d)

Related Subjects

Meet the Author

Andreï Makine was born in Russia in 1957 and emigrated to France in 1987. In 1995 his novel Dreams of My Russian Summers won the Goncourt Prize and the Médicis Prize, France’s two most prestigious literary awards.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >