A Russian Novel

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Serpent's Tail, 2010 - Kotelnich (Russia) - 250 pages
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In all his work, the critically acclaimed Emmanuel Carrère has trained his unblinking gaze on the lives of others as they fight a losing battle with that most fearsome of adversaries: the self. Now, determined to escape the bleak visions of his narratives, he takes on a film project in the heart of Russia, while also embarking on a new love affair back home in Paris; but soon enough, the diversion he seeks eludes him, intimacy proves too arduous and Carrère is left peering into the dark mirror of his own life.Set in Paris and Kotelnich, a small post-Soviet town, A Russian Novel traces Carrère's pursuit of two obsessions: the disappearance of his Russian grandfather and his fascination with a woman he loves but cannot keep from destroying. Elegant and passionate, A Russian Novel weaves the strands of Carrère's story into a travelogue of a journey inward. Road trip, confession, emotional tour de force, this fearless reckoning illuminates the schemes we devise to evade ourselves and the inevitable payment they exact.

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User Review  - Clara53 - LibraryThing

Mixed feelings. At the start, I see a sort of self-indulgent man writing a memoir of 3 years out of his life. I see some display of self-pity, am taken aback by a tawdry interlude at about the middle ... Read full review

MY LIFE AS A RUSSIAN NOVEL: A Memoir

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

French novelist/screenwriter/journalist Carrère (I Am Alive and You Are Dead: A Journey Inside the Mind of Philip K. Dick, 2003, etc.) recalls two fraught years that took him to Siberia and ended a ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Writer, scriptwriter and film producer Emmanuel Carrère was born in Paris in 1957. Much of his writing centers around several primary themes : the interrogation of identity, the development of illusion and the direction of reality, like for instance in La Classe de neige (Prix Femina 1995), La Moustache and L'Adversaire. Several of his books have been made into films; in 2005, he directed the film adaptation of his novel La Moustache. Translations of his work have been published in thiry languages.

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