By Emmanuel Carrère
In all his paintings, the significantly acclaimed Emmanuel Carrère has expert his unblinking gaze at the lives of others as they try a wasting conflict with that the majority fearsome of adversaries: the self. Now, made up our minds to flee the awful visions of his narratives, he is taking on a movie venture within the center of Russia, whereas additionally embarking on a brand new love affair again domestic in Paris; yet quickly adequate, the diversion he seeks eludes him, intimacy proves too hard and Carrère is left peering into the darkish replicate of his personal life.
Set in Paris and Kotelnich, a small post-Soviet city, A Russian Novel lines Carrère's pursuit of 2 obsessions: the disappearance of his Russian grandfather and his fascination with a lady he loves yet can't continue from destroying. dependent and passionate, A Russian Novel weaves the strands of Carrère's tale right into a travelogue of a trip inward. highway journey, confession, emotional travel de strength, this fearless reckoning illuminates the schemes we devise to avert ourselves and the inevitable cost they specified.
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A Russian Novel by Emmanuel Carrère