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A Life's Music by [Andreï Makine, Andrei Makine, Geoffrey Strachan]

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Length: 116 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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With matchless delicacy and economy, Makine chronicles a talented musician's victimization by the Stalinist purges of the WWII years ... in scarcely 70 pages, Makine presents a movingly detailed history of survival, adaption and bitter disillusionment ... [it is] perfectly conceived and controlled. Its graceful narrative skilfully blends summarized action with powerfully evocative images charged with strong understated emotion. A masterly dramatization of "the disconcerting simplicity with which broken lives are lived." - Kirkus Reviews

Makine here is as good as Stendhal - or Tolstoy ... [he is] storyteller, teacher, and enchanter most of all. I would rather read him than anyone else now writing, and then reread him. I think this is his best book so far. - Allan Massie, Literary Review

Makine here is as good as Stendhal - or Tolstoy ... a marvellous book, beautifully translated ... I've read it now four times and each time found more in it. With each reading it seems better, richer, deeper. On the surface it's simple and beautiful as an autumn morning. So it delights at first reading. But nobody who cares about literature and good writing, nobody who believes that imaginative literature tells us more than any factual work can do, will be content with that first reading ... Makine is storyteller, teacher, and enchanter most of all. I would rather read him than anyone else --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A magnificent story of courage and survival in the face of great adversity --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars La Musique d'une Vie, par Andreï MAKINE
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4.0 out of 5 stars The haunting rhythm of life in wartime USSR
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5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good short read
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautifully written, slowly forgotten
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5.0 out of 5 stars Weaves a wonderful picture
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Homo sovieticus" shown to be too much of a blanket term
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