My Life as a Russian Novel

Author(s): Emmanuel Carrere


From the master of psychological suspense and the author of "The Adversary" comes 'a work of infinite sorrow, infernal jealousy, and violent passion' (Le Monde). Set in Paris and Kotelnich, a small post-Soviet town, "My Life as a Russian Novel" traces Carrere's pursuit of two obsessions - the disappearance of his Russian grandfather and his erotic fascination with a woman he loves but cannot keep from destroying. In prose that is elegant and passionate, Carrere weaves the strands of his story into a travelogue of a journey inward. Road trip, confession, and erotic tour de force - this fearless reckoning illuminates the schemes we devise to evade ourselves and the inevitable payment they exact.


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

Emmanuel Carrre, 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. Carrre lives in Paris.

General Fields

  • : 9780312569303
  • : picador
  • : picador
  • : 0.295
  • : December 2011
  • : 210mm X 140mm X 20mm
  • : United States
  • : January 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Emmanuel Carrere
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 843.914
  • : 288