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Requiem for the East de Andreï Makine
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Requiem for the East (2000 original; edició 2002)

de Andreï Makine (Autor)

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A nameless, orphaned Russian army doctor is the narrator of Requiem for a Lost Empire, an epic novel that traces three generations of a Russian family through the turbulent political struggles of the twentieth century. Spanning eight decades --from the October Revolution of 1917 to the Cold War to the fall of Communism --the book follows the narrator's grand-father, Nikolai, a Red Army deserter who seeks peace and isolation in a remote forest village. Years later, his son Pavel will fight in World War II, become a KGB spy, and, like Nikolai, return to his native Caucasus in a vain attempt to escape the increasing tyrannies of the postwar Soviet era. It is here, amidst the raging warfare, espionage, and crushing poverty, where our narrator is born. Sweeping in its scope and heartbreaking in its truths, Requiem for a Lost Empire is both a harrowing history of the Soviet Union and a loving tribute to the fortitude of its people.… (més)
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Títol:Requiem for the East
Autors:Andreï Makine (Autor)
Informació:Hodder & Stoughton (2002), 272 pages
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One could note that I was reading this at the airport when my wife arrived here in the heartland. That wouldn't be true. i was holding the novel. My incessant glaring at the pages didn't yeild any comprehension. i kept staring at the pages.

Reading did ensue a few days later and I think I concluded the tome in a federal office. It is a fine example of the sidelong glance, fleeting details which sear into the brain well after the plot, as it were, has faded into the fog. ( )
  jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |
"Requiem for a Lost Empire" is, if nothing else, aptly named. It's narrated sometime in the early nineteen nineties by a Russian doctor, a veteran of various unnamed proxy wars, who was raised an orphan. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, he finds himself at loose ends: separated from his state-appointed life partner, he wanders a suddenly unfamiliar global landscape. The book is long on retrospection: the narrator relates how he learned of his family's tragic history, which was more-or-less defined by a series of twentieth-century tragedies: the Second World War, Stalin's famine and purges, and the small, messy wars that characterized the Cold War. Makine characterizes Russia's history as an almost continual tragedy, and while this isn't exactly novel, his writing gives this view real force: his depiction of war and its aftermath is astonishingly direct and excruciatingly difficult to read: it hits the reader with the force of an uppercut. Makine's plotting and construction is also masterful. Readers who insist on a certain level of realism might lose patience with him: he mostly avoids particulars, but while his use of symbolism and metaphor is easy to spot, his characters never feel like literary devices. Makine's characters have had most of their choices made for them by ideologically charged events beyond their control, but they never seem less than human. The author's focus is so personal it almost feels granular: there isn't a sentence in this book that can't be related back to its central themes. It's an impeccably controlled performance.

In the end, it's this personal focus that gives me a few reservations about "Requiem for a Lost Empire." The book is, in a sense, a love story: as the narrator searches for his former partner, her absence fills the whole world. But the book might have done with a wider perspective, too: the narrator's own politics are never really clear, and I kept wanting for him to share some sort of opinion on the whole Soviet experiment. Considering that Marxist-Leninism defined his life, you'd think he'd have something to say about it as he watched it sink out of sight. The novel does draw some comparison between the Soviets' efforts to export their revolution and Western capitalist arms merchants, but this feels like something of a false equivalence and evasion, if you'll pardon the nationality-specific charge, a particularly French evasion of a pretty basic moral judgment. That objection notwithstanding, "Requiem for a Lost Empire" is melancholy, tragic, thoughtful, and beautifully written. Recommended. ( )
  TheAmpersand | Nov 9, 2013 |
As far as contents, a most difficult book to read, poignant, soul-wrenching but so true to life in all respects... And I shall never think about any war (and one in particular) in the same way again. But the beauty of expression is so remarkable that it took my breath away (much as the other A.Makine's book that I've read recently - "Dreams of My Russian Summers"). The talent is unquestionable. Like a sponge, I couldn't help but absorb every single word with gratitude, and in translation, at that! - one can only imagine what a relish it would be to read it in original. Undoubtedly, I have discovered another favorite author, after reading just two of his books. Eager to read more.... ( )
  Clara53 | Aug 30, 2010 |
"Karlus" of the 09/19/08 review has it right. I was born in 1954. One of the earliest things I learned, as a carefree American child, was that Stalin died in 1953. As Makine's narrator travels back and forth in 20th-century time in this realistic fictional memoir, I as reader correlate each identifiable moment with that time in my own life. The effect is sobering. Makine's language, in this translation from the French by Geoffrey Strachan, both stimulates and orders a reader's thoughts. ( )
  zcoot | Jan 20, 2010 |
Aan het einde van de 20ste eeuw kijkt een in West-Europa wonenede Rus terug op het voorbije tijdperk, op het leven van zijn vader en grootvader, op het spoorloos verdwijnen van zijn vriendin. ( )
  Baukis | Jan 16, 2010 |
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Onda människor hafva inga sånger. Hur kommer det sig att ryssarna hafva sånger? - Friedrich Nietzsche "Afgudaskymning"
"Wicked men have no songs. How come Russians have songs?"

-Friedrich Nietzsche, 'The twilight of the idols
"There are only two peoples now Russia is still barbarous, but it is great...The other nation is America...The future of the world is there between two great worlds. Some day they will collide and then we shall see struggles of which the past can give no idea."

-Sainte-Beuve, 'Chaiers' 1847
"The other day I turned up the pages of an address book from before the war. I had to mark crosses and grim notes on every page: 'Exiled...Disappeared...Dead...Killed in battle...Shot by the enemy...Shot by his own side..."

Alfred Fabre-Luce, 'Journal d'Europe' 1946-1947
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Jag har alltid vetat att huset där mina föräldrar älskade varandra och där jag föddes låg närmare natten och dess stjärnbilder än livet i det väldiga rike som de flytt från utan att lämna dess territorium.
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A nameless, orphaned Russian army doctor is the narrator of Requiem for a Lost Empire, an epic novel that traces three generations of a Russian family through the turbulent political struggles of the twentieth century. Spanning eight decades --from the October Revolution of 1917 to the Cold War to the fall of Communism --the book follows the narrator's grand-father, Nikolai, a Red Army deserter who seeks peace and isolation in a remote forest village. Years later, his son Pavel will fight in World War II, become a KGB spy, and, like Nikolai, return to his native Caucasus in a vain attempt to escape the increasing tyrannies of the postwar Soviet era. It is here, amidst the raging warfare, espionage, and crushing poverty, where our narrator is born. Sweeping in its scope and heartbreaking in its truths, Requiem for a Lost Empire is both a harrowing history of the Soviet Union and a loving tribute to the fortitude of its people.

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