Life of an Unknown Man

Life of an Unknown Man

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by Andre 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

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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 to recapture his youth. Instead, he meets Volsky, an old man who tells him his extraordinary story: of surviving the siege of Leningrad, the march on Berlin, and Stalin's purges, and of a transcendent love affair. Volsky's life is an inspiration to Shutov — because for all that he suffered, he knew great happiness. This depth of feeling stands in sharp contrast to the empty lives Shutov encounters in the new Russia, and to his own life, that of just another unknown man . . .

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ISBN-13:
9781444700480
Publisher:
Sceptre
Publication date:
05/28/2011

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Andreï Makine's fourth novel, Dreams of My Russian Summers, has sold over a million copies and has been translated into twenty-eight languages. Geoffrey Strachan is an award-winning translator.

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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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