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A Life's Music

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A Life’s Music

In a snowbound railway station deep in the Soviet Union, a stranded passenger comes across an old man playing the piano in the dark, silent tears rolling down his cheeks. Once on the train to Moscow he begins to tell his story: a tale of loss, love and survival that movingly illustrates the strength of human resilience.

Review

Makine here is as good as Stendhal – or Tolstoy … [he is] storyteller, teacher, and enchanter most of all. I would rather read him than anyone else now writing, and then reread him. I think this is his best book so far. – Allan Massie, Literary ReviewBeautifully paced and filled with a lyricism that weaves reality and fantasy into a far bigger picture … engrossing – ScotsmanGeoffrey Strachan’s strong and graceful translation of a novel written in French manages to let its Russian soul shine through. “A Life’s Music” exchanges the lushness of Makine’s earlier work … for the fiercer pleasures of concise storytelling. This is Makine’s art – Ann Harleman, New York TimesWith matchless delicacy and economy … Makine presents a movingly detailed history of survival, adaption and bitter disillusionment … perfectly conceived and controlled. Its graceful narrative skilfully blends summarized action with powerfully evocative images charged with strong understated emotion … masterly – Kirkus Reviews[An] elegant, heart-rending little gem of a work … entirely fresh and necessary. Highly recommended. – Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal (New York)A Life’s Music again proves Makine to be a very fine craftman. – Times PlayMakine makes fresh images that are also profound and poignant, and this gives his portrait of a life derailed by history an irresistible aut

Book Description

A magnificent story of courage and survival in the face of great adversity

Product Description

In a snowbound railway station deep in the Soviet Union, a stranded passenger comes across an old man playing the piano in the dark, silent tears rolling down his cheeks. Once on the train to Moscow he begins to tell his story: a tale of loss, love and survival that movingly illustrates the strength of human resilience.

About the Author

Born in Krasnoyarsk in Siberia in 1957, Andre Makine has lived in France since seeking asylum there in 1987. DAUGHTER OF A SOVIET HERO, his first novel, was originally published in French in 1990 and was followed by CONFESSIONS OF A LAPSED STANDARD BEARER and ONCE UPON THE RIVER LOVE. Then in 1995 his fourth novel, LE TESTAMENT FRANCAIS, became the unprecedented winner of both the Prix Goncourt and Prix M dicis and has gone on to sell over a million copies in France alone, and to be published in translation in twenty-nine countries. Its translation into English by Geoffrey Strachan, published by Sceptre in 1997, also won the Scott Moncrieff Prize. Since then Andre Makine has published THE CRIME OF OLGA ARBYELINA, REQUIEM FOR THE EAST and A LIFE’S MUSIC, published in France in 2001 where it won the Grand Prix RTL-Lire.

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