My Life as a Russian Novel


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Picador USA
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5.0 X 7.9 X 0.8 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Emmanuel Carrère, novelist, filmmaker, journalist, and biographer, is the award-winning internationally renowned author of Class Trip, The Mustache, and The Adversary, a New York Times Notable Book. Carrère lives in Paris.


"A captivating memoir that reads like a literary erotic-suspense novel." --The Boston Globe

"Carrère brings the whole to sharp focus with a few jarring truths and a moment of great beauty. You leave its last pages with a deep appreciation for life." --The Washington Post

"An elegant, emotional self-examination, full of bleak but truthful insights about the lies and compromises of love." --The Times (London)

"Recalls Hitchcock and Calvino." --Details

"Brims with ideas and incidents...Gripping and fascinating, an intimate portrait of a complicated man's inner life and his struggles to find some kind of happiness and fulfillment." --The Guardian (London)

"Even by the high standards set by his earlier books, Emmanuel Carrère's My Life as A Russian Novel is a masterpiece, a searingly candid, breathtakingly beautiful exploration of territories both far and near: Russia and France; the past and the present; brutality and love; the inscrutable desires of the other and the often equally unfathomable motivations of the self. This is an unforgettable book from the most original, exciting, and important figure in contemporary French literature." --Caroline Weber, author of Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution

"Emmanuel Carrère has written a work of infinite sorrow, infernal jealousy, and violent passion. My Life as a Russian Novel dazzles." --Le Monde

"An exceptional book in which the adversary, this time, is Carrère himself, revealed in a lucid, unflinching analysis.... Remarkable." --Le Figaro