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The life of an unknown man : a novel

Author: Andreï Makine; Geoffrey Strachan
Publisher: MInneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2012] ©2010
Series: Lannan translation series selection.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Fiction
History
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andreï Makine; Geoffrey Strachan
ISBN: 9781555976149 155597614X
OCLC Number: 794500439
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Description: vi, 194 pages ; 21 cm.
Series Title: Lannan translation series selection.
Other Titles: Vie d'un homme inconnu.
Responsibility: Andrei Makine ; translated from the French by Geoffrey Strachan.

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"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"--Page 4 of cover.

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