Requiem for a Lost Empire: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 22, 2003 - Fiction - 256 pages
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A nameless, orphaned Russian army doctor is the narrator of Requiem for a Lost Empire, an epic novel that traces three generations of a Russian family through the turbulent political struggles of the twentieth century.
Spanning eight decades --from the October Revolution of 1917 to the Cold War to the fall of Communism --the book follows the narrator's grand-father, Nikolai, a Red Army deserter who seeks peace and isolation in a remote forest village. Years later, his son Pavel will fight in World War II, become a KGB spy, and, like Nikolai, return to his native Caucasus in a vain attempt to escape the increasing tyrannies of the postwar Soviet era. It is here, amidst the raging warfare, espionage, and crushing poverty, where our narrator is born. Sweeping in its scope and heartbreaking in its truths, Requiem for a Lost Empire is both a harrowing history of the Soviet Union and a loving tribute to the fortitude of its people.
 

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User Review  - TheAmpersand - LibraryThing

"Requiem for a Lost Empire" is, if nothing else, aptly named. It's narrated sometime in the early nineteen nineties by a Russian doctor, a veteran of various unnamed proxy wars, who was raised an ... Read full review

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User Review  - Clara53 - LibraryThing

As far as contents, a most difficult book to read, poignant, soul-wrenching but so true to life in all respects... And I shall never think about any war (and one in particular) in the same way again ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
3
Section 3
11
Section 4
18
Section 5
33
Section 6
47
Section 7
53
Section 8
61
Section 15
125
Section 16
138
Section 17
155
Section 18
171
Section 19
175
Section 20
188
Section 21
199
Section 22
209

Section 9
69
Section 10
82
Section 11
85
Section 12
91
Section 13
103
Section 14
114
Section 23
219
Section 24
232
Section 25
238
Section 26
243
Section 27
250
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About the author (2003)

Andrei Makine was born in 1958 in the former Soviet Union. In 1987 he emigrated to France, where he still lives. He is the author of six novels including, most recently, Music of a Life and Dreams of My Russian Summers, which won France's prestigious Goncourt and Medicis prizes in 1995.

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