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The Life of an Unknown Man: A Novel Paperback – Jun 5 2012

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Graywolf Press; Reprint edition (June 5 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155597614X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555976149
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.6 x 19.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,475,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“It is impossible to exaggerate the power of this short, unbearably poignant novel. It is both brutal and lyrical. Makine consciously invokes Chekhov but his grasp of history is positively Tolstoy-like in scale. I can't think of a writer who would be a more deserving recipient of the Nobel literature prize.” ―Mail on Sunday

“Makine's laconic, sardonic portrait of the new Russia is laced with fury . . . a bold and eloquent novel.” ―The Guardian

“Like all his work, this novel has a wonderful flavor of a contemporary Chekhov with a splash of Proust. . . . What starts out an intimate account bursts out into something more ambitious and universal. Ultimately it's a haunting story, beautifully told.” ―The Observer

“Seamlessly translated by Geoffrey Strachan, Makine's novel explores the attempt of two 'ordinary' people to transcend suffering and find life's essential meaning. It is difficult to write without sentimentality about such a subject, but Makine's intelligence and truthfulness dismiss banality.” ―Pamela Norris, Literary Review

“Told with an intimacy made potent by Makine's lyrical, spare prose and Strachan's lucid translation. . . reconnects both the reader and the protagonist with Russia's blood soaked history, to startling effect.” ―The Financial Times

“Thrilling . . . Makine's most beautiful novel since [Dreams of My Russian Summers].” ―Le Figaro


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