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Book Title: Le Crime d'Olga Arbélina|
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The size of the: 466 KB
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The author of the book: Andreï Makine
Edition: Mercure de France
Date of issue: July 27th 1988
ISBN 13: 9782715220904
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Reader ratings: 6.6
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Sometimes, if you are lucky, a 2nd hand bookshop throws a gem like this at you. I will be hunting down other books by Andrei Makine.
The author was born in Siberia, a Russsian, though he writes in French. This is a dreamy, poetic novel that takes place primarily during the coldest winter ever recorded in a small village on the outskirts of Paris, where a beautiful, titled Russian immigrant lives with her 15 year old son. The year is 1946.
The claustophobic nature of their lives amongst the snow and ice in a little house at the edge of the woods, gives this book its unearthly feel. I would rather not say too much about the nature of this book but it is mentioned on the bookcover and in other reviews. It shows the skill of the writer to turn something otherwise horrific into something unbearably sad and beautiful. It will be a long time before I forget these two heart breaking characters.
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Read information about the authorAndreï Makine was born in Krasnoyarsk, Soviet Union on 10 September 1957 and grew up in city of Penza, a provincial town about 440 miles south-east of Moscow. As a boy, having acquired familiarity with France and its language from his French-born grandmother (it is not certain whether Makine had a French grandmother; in later interviews he claimed to have learnt French from a friend), he wrote poems in both French and his native Russian.
In 1987, he went to France as member of teacher's exchange program and decided to stay. He was granted political asylum and was determined to make a living as a writer in French. However, Makine had to present his first manuscripts as translations from Russian to overcome publishers' skepticism that a newly arrived exile could write so fluently in a second language. After disappointing reactions to his first two novels, it took eight months to find a publisher for his fourth, Le testament français. Finally published in 1995 in France, the novel became the first in history to win both the Prix Goncourt and the Prix Medicis plus the Goncourt des Lycéens.
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