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A Woman Loved


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Andre Makine was born in 1957 in Siberia and has lived in France for more than twenty years. His previous novels include Dreams of My Russian Summers and The Life of an Unknown Man.


"Andre Makine is a gorgeous writer -- compassionate and elegant, textured and moving- and A Woman Loved is a sweeping, beautiful, and epic novel that challenges our notions about history, politics, and the true purposes of art. It's one of the most brilliant and touching books I've read in years. I can't stop thinking about it." --Molly Antopol, author of The UnAmericans

"Andre Makine is a master of condensing the great tragic and absurd tableaux of history to such arresting visual detail that I feel I have lived it all myself. In this new novel, a Soviet screenwriter named Oleg Erdmann spends decades writing and researching the life of one of Russia's most enigmatic personages, Catherine the Great. Meanwhile, Russia, as he knows it, changes and then ceases to exist. Through Erdmann's obsession Makine brings to life Catherine the tsarina and Catherine the woman. Even more brilliantly, Makine portrays the life of an artistic mind passionately engaged with its subject as drama on par with battle scenes or coups d' tat. Both intimate and epic in scope, A Woman Loved is a singular, breathtaking novel." --Kseniya Melnik, author of Snow in May

"Makine has special gifts." --The New York Times on Andre Makine

"Justly acclaimed." --The Washington Post on Andre Makine

"Makine belongs on the shelf of world literature--between Lermontov and Nabokov, a few volumes down from Proust." --The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Andre Makine

"[Dreams of My Russian Summers] reminds us how, through a precise use of language, it is possible to call back the past. By trusting in his ability to render truthfully the oddness of history, the peculiar treasured details--ordinary pebbles individually wrapped in tissue paper--Makine allows himself and his readers to be possessed by the singular hallmark of greatness in literature (in a paraphrase of Osip Mandelstam): the desire to be astonished by his own words . . . One of the great autobiographical novels of this century." --Los Angeles Times on Andre Makine

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