Brief Loves That Live Forever

Brief Loves That Live Forever

A Novel

Book - 2015
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Haunted by memories of past loves and losses in the final days of the Brezhnev era, a middle-aged orphan uncovers the truth behind a tragic life marked by Soviet Russia's restrictions on intimate relationships. By the author of Dreams of My Russian Summers. Original.

McMillan Palgrave

A beautifully observed and moving account of love and the human spirit in the Soviet era

In Soviet Russia the desire for freedom is also a desire for the freedom to love. Lovers live as outlaws, traitors to the collective spirit, and love is more intense when it feels like an act of resistance. Now entering middle age, an orphan recalls the fleeting moments that have never left him-a scorching day in a blossoming orchard with a woman who loves another; a furtive, desperate affair in a Black Sea resort; the bunch of snowdrops a crippled childhood friend gave him to give to his lover. As the dreary Brezhnev era gives way to perestroika and the fall of Communism, the orphan uncovers the truth behind the life of Dmitri Ress, whose tragic fate embodies the unbreakable bond between love and freedom.

"Makine has been compared to Stendhal, Tolstoy and Proust; our best historians of the Soviet era queue up to pronounce him one of the finest living writers on the period; and he is regularly tipped to be among the contenders for the next Nobel in literature." -The Daily Telegraph



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An orphan reflects on the unbreakable bond between love and freedom in the Soviet Union.
A middle-aged man in the Brezhnev-era Soviet Union recalls the moments, beginning with his childhood in an orphanage, in which he actually experienced life and love, and examines the life of a former prisoner called Dmitri Ress.
In Soviet Russia the desire for freedom is also a desire for the freedom to love. Lovers live as outlaws, traitors to the collective spirit, and love is more intense when it feels like an act of resistance. Now entering middle age, an orphan recalls the fleeting moments that have never left him: a scorching day in a blossoming orchard with a woman who loves another; a furtive, desperate affair in a Black Sea resort; the bunch of snowdrops a crippled childhood friend gave him to give to his lover.

Publisher: Minneapolis, Minn. : Graywolf Press, c2015
ISBN: 9781555977122
Branch Call Number: FIC MAK
Characteristics: viii, 134 p. ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Strachan, Geoffrey

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