The Life of an Unknown Man by Andreï Makine
A Novel (Lannan Translation Selection (Graywolf Paperback))

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Volsky's tale of woe, like that of Makine's earlier heroes, offers inspiration because he rose above it.
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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 . . .

 

About Andreï Makine

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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.
 
Published June 5, 2012 by Graywolf Press. 268 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Heller McAlpin on Jun 04 2012

Volsky's tale of woe, like that of Makine's earlier heroes, offers inspiration because he rose above it.

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