In all his work, the critically acclaimed Emmanuel Carrere has trained his unblinking gaze on the lives of others as they fight a losing battle with that most fearsome of adversaries: the self. Now, determined to escape the bleak visions of his narratives, he takes on a film project in the heart of Russia, while also embarking on a new love affair back home in Paris; but soon enough, the diversion he seeks eludes him, intimacy proves too arduous and Carrere is left peering into the dark mirror of his own life. Set in Paris and Kotelnich, a small post-Soviet town, A Russian Novel traces Carrere's pursuit of two obsessions: the disappearance of his Russian grandfather and his fascination with a woman he loves but cannot keep from destroying. Elegant and passionate, A Russian Novel weaves the strands of Carrere's story into a travelogue of a journey inward. Road trip, confession, emotional tour de force, this fearless reckoning illuminates the schemes we devise to evade ourselves and the inevitable payment they exact.
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Writer, scriptwriter and film producer Emmanuel Carrere was born in Paris in 1957. Much of his writing, both fiction and non-fiction, centres around several primary themes: the interrogation of identity, the development of illusion and the direction of reality, like for instance in La Classe de Neige (Prix Femina 1995), La Moustache and L'Adversaire. Several of his books have been made into films; in 2005, he directed the film adaptation of his novel La Moustache. Translations of his work have been published in 30 languages.Review:
"'A description of two years in Carrere's life that brims with ideas and incidents, mingling a failed love affair, a series of journeys to a dismal town in Russia and an investigation into his grandfather's life and death' (Guardian) 'This book is very much at the crossroads of writing-as-therapy and the sort of fact-fiction blurring that fans of W G Sebald and Geoff Dyer will appreciate' (Independent) 'Impressive... Definitely a book to admire for its ambition' (Metro)"
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