Search Results: "Geoffrey Strachan"


BOOK REVIEW

THE CRIME OF OLGA ARBYELINA by Andreï Makine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"As chilling and finely charted a descent into madness as has ever been imagined, with many extraordinary moments along the way: all imbued with a wrenching combination of love and despair, fire and ice."
Another astonishingly beautiful story from Makine (Once Upon the River Love, 1998), this one unutterably sad, plumbing the depths of an ÇmigrÇ Russian mother's despair at the course of her son's sexual awakening during the bitter postwar winter of 1946 in rural France. Read full book review >

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A HERO’S DAUGHTER by Andreï Makine
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Undistinguished in method, yet a telling chronicle of hypocrisy, cynicism, exploitation, and decline in a once-great power."
Makine (Music of a Life, 2002, etc.) offers a ploddingly conventional yet captivating tale of glory eroding into depravity in the USSR between WWII and perestroika. Read full book review >

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THE LIFE OF AN UNKNOWN MAN by Geoffrey Strachan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2012

"A lyrical little novel about hope triumphing over adversity."
Makine presents a story within a story and thus winds up focusing on the lives of two "unknown men." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADAM HABERBERG by Yasmina Reza
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2007

"One would not want to spend more than half a day with Adam Haberberg."
Half a day in the life of a failed Parisian novelist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MUSIC OF A LIFE by Andreï Makine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"A masterly dramatization of 'the disconcerting simplicity with which broken lives are lived.'"
With matchless delicacy and economy, Makine (Requiem for a Lost Empire, 2001, etc.) chronicles a talented musician's victimization by the Stalinist purges of the WWII years. Read full book review >

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THE LAST BROTHER by Nathacha Appanah
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"In poetic, occasionally rapturous prose, the novel extends beyond the Holocaust in its attempt to encompass the human condition."
A short, deceptively rich novel, translated from the French, that illuminates an obscure footnote in World War II history. Read full book review >

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CONFESSIONS OF A FALLEN STANDARD-BEARER by Andreï Makine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

An early (1992) novel by the Russian-born author whose Dreams of My Russian Summers (1997) and other fiction (all written in French) offer meditative ruminations on and muted celebrations of boyhood, romantic imagination, and first love. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE JUDGES by Elie Wiesel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 27, 2002

"Human, unpretentious, compelling explorations of what we are, and why."
From the prolific Nobelist, a novel rather artificially constructed—but for the worthy purpose of looking inside to find what meaning life can hold for any of us. Read full book review >

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THE WOMAN WHO WAITED by Andreï Makine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2006

"Another fine work from one of Europe's most lavishly gifted writers."
A young writer is humbled by a story of enduring love in the Russian-born (now French resident) author's ninth novel (The Earth and Sky of Jacques Dorme, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE EARTH AND SKY OF JACQUES DORME by Andreï Makine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"As the Russian-born French author's dual literary citizenship suggests, he may really be both his generation's Chekhov and its Proust."
The attempt to record the star-crossed story of two lovers who meet on a WWII battlefield makes up Makine's limpid eighth novel (following A Hero's Daughter, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >

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A WOMAN LOVED by Andreï Makine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A lively look at the pitfalls of making state-sponsored art."
One of two new books by Siberian-born Makine, this energetic novel takes place in Soviet Russia and tells the story of a doomed film about Catherine the Great. Read full book review >

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BRIEF LOVES THAT LIVE FOREVER by Andreï Makine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Moving and thoughtful, this novel—despite its slight frame—has a lot to say."
Translated from the French in which he writes (The Life of an Unknown Man, 2012, etc.), Siberian-born Makine's slim novel portrays the dangers of communism from the point of view of a romantic man.Read full book review >