Lives Other Than My Own

Emmanuel Carrère (Author) Linda Coverdale (Translator)

Product Details

$19.00  $17.48
Picador USA
Publish Date
September 04, 2012
5.4 X 8.4 X 0.7 inches | 0.75 pounds
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About the Author

Emmanuel Carrère, novelist, filmmaker, journalist, and biographer, is the award-winning internationally renowned author of The Adversary (a New York Times Notable Book), Lives Other Than My Own, My Life As A Russian Novel, Class Trip and The Mustache. Carrère lives in Paris.


"Gratifying and surprising...A book about the texture and resonance of loss...Carrère covers a lot of ground with cool honesty and careful humanity." --Sally Singer, The New York Times, A Favorite Book of the Year

"A beguiling writer...Graceful and important." --John Freeman, NPR

"In Lives Other Than My Own, Emmanuel Carrère demonstrates that empathy can be the antidote to alienation, if we try for it. With the finely measured assurance of Chekhov, he achieves something altogether unexpected in modern literature: beatitude." --Gary Indiana, author of The Shanghai Gesture and Three Month Fever

"Whenever I try to describe this memoir -- and I do that often, since it's a book I don't just recommend but implore people to read -- I feel like I'm trying to parse a magic trick." -- Jennifer Szalai, The New York Times Book Review

"[Carrère's] prose is precise and measured, especially in the account of Juliette and her husband, and their 'always new, always deeply moving' love. Through interviews with friends and relatives of both families, Carrère creates powerful portraits that celebrate ordinary lives." --The New Yorker

"A powerful story of happiness wrenched from despair. Once the tempest has passed, words remain, and what words they are!" --Le Nouvel Observateur (France)

"Yet again, Carrère has written a masterpiece. With his singular blend of reportage, detective fiction, and autobiography, he has produced an achingly beautiful, wholly unforgettable portrait of lives racked by tragedy and redeemed by love." --Caroline Weber, author of Queen of Fashion