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Brief Loves that Live Forever

Brief Loves that Live Forever

Author(s): Andrei Makine

Location(s): Russia

Genre(s): Fiction

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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.

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Makine, who writes in French, is an elegant stylist, though not always easy to read. Sentences that at first appear simple turn out to be sticky with ideas: hefty thoughts are compacted into sparse...

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