Dreams of My Russian Summers

By: ANDREI MAKINE, GEOFFREY STRACHAN

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Siberia, the 1960s. Andrei, a Soviet schoolboy, leaves Moscow each summer to visit his grandmother, Charlotte, in Saranza, a remote Siberian village. During the long evenings, on a balcony overlooking the endless steppes, she spins magical tales of another time, another world: Paris at the turn of the century. Intrigued and mesmerized, Andrei weaves her stories into his own secret universe of memory and dream -- romantic, elegant, unsullied, a mythic country which, like Atlantis, slowly emerges from the waves. But from Charlotte he also learns of a Russia he has never known: the early days of the Revolution, when she came to Russia as a Red Cross nurse and fell in love with a dashing young Russian lawyer; the trials and tragedies of the Stalinist purges, of which Charlotte's husband was a victim; Hitler's bombs; postwar deprivation; the gulag. As the years pass, Andrei finds it harder and harder to reconcile the two contradictory and incompatible worlds that Charlotte's life has spanned. A novel in the grand Russian tradition, Dreams of My Siberian Summers is currently being translated into twenty languages.

Title: Dreams of My Russian Summers

Author or Artist: ANDREI MAKINE, GEOFFREY STRACHAN

Categories: Fiction Contemporary Lit,

Publisher: Little Brown & Co: August 1997

ISBN Number: 1559703830

ISBN Number 13: 9781559703833

Binding: Hardcover

Condition: Used - Very Good

[ash-ling] ID: 533

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