By Andreï Makine
Andrew Makine’s luminous and haunting novel—a New York Times extraordinary booklet and a Los Angeles Times top ebook of the Year.
Every summer time, younger Andrei visits his grandmother, Charlotte Lemmonier, whom he loves dearly. In a dusty village overlooking the enormous Russian steppes, she captivates her grandson and the opposite young ones of the village with wondrous tales—watching Proust play tennis in Neuilly, Tsar Nicholas II’s stopover at to Paris, French president Felix Faure loss of life within the hands of his mistress. yet from his mysterious grandmother, Andrei additionally learns of a Russia he hasn't ever recognized: a rustic of famine and distress, brutal injustice, and the hopeless chaos of struggle.
Enthralled, he weaves her tales into his personal mystery universe of reminiscence and dream. She creates for him a shiny portrait of the France of her adolescence, a far off Atlantis way more dependent, carefree, and stimulating than Russia within the Seventies and ‘80s. Her hot, crafty thoughts of her place of origin and of books captivate Andrei. Absorbed during this imaginative and prescient, he turns into an interloper in his personal state, and finally a stressed visitor round Europe. Dreams of My Russian Summers is an epic jam-packed with ardour and tenderness, soreness and heartbreak, captivating in each approach.
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Dreams of My Russian Summers: A Novel by Andreï Makine