Brief Loves That Live Forever

Brief Loves That Live Forever


By (author) Andrei Makine, Translated by Geoffrey Strachan

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  • Publisher: MacLehose Press
  • Format: Hardback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 190mm x 18mm | 276g
  • Publication date: 28 March 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0857051768
  • ISBN 13: 9780857051769
  • Sales rank: 183,855

Product description

In Soviet Russia the desire for freedom is also a desire for the freedom to love. Lovers live as outlaws, traitors to the collective spirit, and love is more intense when it feels like an act of resistance. Now entering middle age, an orphan recalls the fleeting moments that have never left him - a scorching day in a blossoming orchard with a woman who loves another; a furtive, desperate affair in a Black Sea resort; the bunch of snowdrops a crippled childhood friend gave him to give to his lover. As the dreary Brezhnev era gives way to Perestroika and the fall of Communism, the orphan uncovers the truth behind the life of Dmitri Ress, whose tragic fate embodies the unbreakable bond between love and freedom.

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Author information

Andrei Makine was born in Siberia, but writes his novels in French. Le Testament Francais was the winner of the Prix Goncourt and the Prix Medici, and the first novel to win both of these prestigious awards. Geoffrey Strachan has translated all Andrei Makine's novels published in English. He was awarded the Scott-Moncrieff Prize for Makine's Le Testament Francais.

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'[Makine's] sombre, perceptive fiction reflects each ebb and flow; his quiet voice is unique ... he again articulates the profundity of human experience - no small feat' The Irish Times. 'Lives in the memory long after the last page is turned ... Makine's prose is both spare and meditative' Guardian. '[A] poignant meditation on the moments of beauty that make a life worth living in conditions of institutionalised repression' Metro. 'Makine's narrator paints a poignant, poetically charged picture of a repressive society, leavened only by the freedom and possibilities of love' Mail on Sunday. 'Quiet moments of natural beauty and human tenderness ... This tendency to combine the disparate elements of experience into a single, resonant whole typifies a style at once spare and lyrical' Times Literary Supplement.