The Archipelago of Another Life (Paperback)
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The Archipelago of Another Life (Paperback)

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"A Siberian Heart of Darkness" Julian Barnes

On the far eastern borders of the Soviet Union, in the sunset of Stalin's reign, soldiers are training for a war that could end all wars, for in the atomic age man has sown the seeds of his own destruction.

Among them is Pavel Gartsev, a reservist. Orphaned, scarred by the last great war and unlucky in love, he is an instant victim for the apparatchiks and ambitious careerists who thrive within the Red Army's ranks.

Assigned to a search party composed of regulars and reservists, charged with the recapture of an escaped prisoner from a nearby gulag, Gartsev finds himself one of an unlikely quintet of cynics, sadists and heroes, embarked on a challenging manhunt through the Siberian taiga.

But the fugitive, capable, cunning and evidently at home in the depths of these vast forests, proves no easy prey. As the pursuit goes on, and the pursuers are struck by a shattering discovery, Gartsev confronts both the worst within himself and the tantalising prospect of another, totally different life.

Translated from the French by Geoffrey Strachan

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 9780857057945
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 180 g
Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Masterful . . . Makine has been justly compared with Tolstoy, but here I think the better reference is Joseph Conrad. -- James McNamara * Spectator. *
Makine's customary clear-eyed vision and shimmering prose impart, yet again, the heavy knowledge that what is "essential" is experienced by few and obliterated by many. -- Kate Mcloughlin * Times Literary Supplement. *
Pleasingly clever stuff . . . has an ambition of romantic grandeur that feels genuinely, soulfully Russian. -- David Mills * Sunday Times. *
A powerful story of metaphysical adventure. -- Marianne Payot * L'Express *
A thrilling manhunt through the taiga. -- Claire Devarieux * Liberation *
As good as Stendhal or Tolstoy . . . I would rather read him than anyone else now writing -- Allan Massie * Literary Review. *
One of the significant novelists of our age. -- Stephanie Merritt * Observer. *
Makine packs great steppes-full of history into compact, bejewelled boxes of prose. -- Boyd Tonkin * Independent. *
Makine's wonderful economy of image and phrase convey far more than one could think possible about the Russian soul. -- Anthony Beevor * Daily Telegraph. *

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“A masterful story of morality and survival - set in SIBERIA”

Here is a novel that brings Siberia to life and presents Soviet Russia under Stalin in a cold, stark and dispassionate fashion. The Archipelago of Another Life is the simplest of tales and utterly absorbing for it.... More

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“The Archipelago of Another Life---Andrei Makine”

As a great fan of Andre Mackine it was particularly serendipitous to come across this just after I'd read,first Tiger by Polly Clark...a heart warming fiction work about a zoo-keeper with a Siberian... More

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