Requiem for a Lost Empire by Andreï Makine
A Novel

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Makine's most ambitious, complex, and uncompromising work is a three-generation epic set against the wide canvas of Russia's turbulent last eighty years, from Czarist times to the fall of Communism. We follow Nicholas, the protagonist's grandfather, from the brutal battle between the Reds and the Whites in the 1920s to the moment when Pavel, his grandson, is recruited by the KGB as a spy. In this page-turner, the reader is swept into a Graham Greene-style thriller that opens up like a sinister Russian doll.

About Andreï Makine

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Andrei Makine was born in Siberia in 1957. Although raised in the Soviet Union, he learned about France and came to love that country through the stories told by his French grandmother. He now lives in Paris himself, having been granted political asylum by France in 1987, and writes in French. His grandmother figures prominently in the autobiographical novel, "Dreams of My Russian Summers," for which Makine received both the Goncourt Prize and the Medicis Prize, becoming the first author to simultaneously receive both of these prestigious French awards. In the U.S., the English translation of "Dreams of My Russian Summers" has also received recognition, including the Boston Book Review Fiction Prize and the Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year award. Andrei Makine is also the author of "Once Upon the River Love" and "The Crime of Olga Arbelina.
Published August 30, 2001 by Arcade Publishing. 252 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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The legacy of a century of geopolitical conflict is analyzed with a tad too much discursive insistence in this otherwise resonant, richly plotted, and quite moving fifth novel from the Russian-born (French-language) author (Dreams of My Russian Summers, 1997, etc.).

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In Andreï Makine's latest novel, the narrator labors to recover a personal past that has fallen prey to history in its ruthless Soviet redaction.

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This luminous, beautifully crafted new novel by much-praised Russian émigré author Makine (Dreams of My Russian Summers, etc.) takes as its subject thre

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