The Woman who Waited

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Sceptre, 2006 - Authors - 182 pages
When a young writer arrives in a remote Russian village to study local customs, one woman stands out: Vera, who has been waiting thirty years for her lover to return from the Second World War. He sets out to win her affections, but the better he thinks he understands her the more she surprises him.

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User Review  - Clara53 - LibraryThing

At the risk of appearing too abstract, I feel like I want to compare this small novel to a piece of music, with two distinct movements - melancholic ruminations of an ex-dissident of a crumbled Soviet ... Read full review


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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.).In the mid-1970s, Makine's unnamed ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Andre´ Makine was born in Krasnoyarsk in Siberia in 1957, but sought asylum in France in 1987. While initially sleeping rough in Paris he was writing his first novel, A HERO'S DAUGHTER, which was eventually published in 1990 after Makine pretended it had been translated from the Russian, since no publisher believed he could have written it in French. With his third novel, ONCE UPON A RIVER LOVE, he was finally published as a 'French' writer, and with his fourth, LE TESTAMENT FRANCAIS, he became the first author to win both of France's top literary prizes, the Prix Goncourt and Prix MÚdicis. Since then Andre´ Makine has written THE CRIME OF OLGA ARBYELINA, REQUIEM FOR THE EAST, A LIFE'S MUSIC, which won the Grand Prix RTL-Lire, and THE EARTH AND SKY OF JACQUES DORME.

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