Music of a Life: A Novel

Music of a Life: A Novel

by Andreï Makine
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Music of a Life: A Novel by Andreï Makine

A brief but extraordinarily powerful novel by the author of Dreams of My Russian Summers and Requiem for a Lost Empire, Music of a Life is set in the period just before, and two decades after, World War II.

Alexeï Berg’s father is a well-known dramatist, his mother a famous opera singer. But during Stalin’s reign of terror in the 1930s they, like millions of other Russians, come under attack for their presumed lack of political purity. Harassed and proscribed, they have nonetheless, on the eve of Hitler’s war, not yet been arrested. And young Alexeï himself, a budding classical pianist, has been allowed to continue his musical studies. His first solo concert is scheduled for May 24, 1941. Two days before the concert, on his way home from his final rehearsal, he sees his parents being arrested, taken from their Moscow apartment. Knowing his own arrest will not be far behind, Alexeï flees to the country house of his fiancée, where again betrayal awaits him. He flees, one step ahead of the dreaded secret police until, taking on the identity of a dead soldier, he enlists in the Soviet army. Thus begins his seemingly endless journey, through war and peace, until he lands, two decades later, in a snowbound train station in the Urals, where he relates his harrowing saga to the novel’s narrator. An international bestseller, Music of a Life is, in the words of Le Monde, “extremely powerful . . . a gem.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781628722109
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
Publication date: 10/28/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 120
File size: 215 KB

About the Author

AndreÏ Makine was born in 1958 in the former Soviet Union. In 1987 he emigrated to France, where he still lives. He is the author of six novels including, most recently, Requiem for a Lost Empire and Dreams of My Russian Summers, which won France's prestigious Goncourt and Médicis prizes in 1995.

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Music of a Life 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Music of a life is a novel for the heart. It is elegant and flows so well you really feel like you are standing there with Alexei as he is going thru all these experiences. This novel is a great work that should be kept in a safe place for you will return to it over and over as the years pass and it will only get better. When you think of this author, you will think of the greats like Tolstoy, Proust and Balzac!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago