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Music of a Life

Andrei Makine


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Paperback (4/18/2011)


May 24, 1941: Alexe Berg, a classical pianist, is set to perform his first solo concert in Moscow. But just before his d but, his parents -- his father a renowned playwright, and his mother a famed opera singer -- are exposed for their political indiscretions and held under arrest. With World War II on the brink, and fearing that his own entrapment is not far behind, Alexe flees to the countryside, assumes the identity of a Soviet soldier, and falls dangerously in love with a general officer's daughter. What follows is a two-decades-long journey through war and peace, love and betrayal, art and artifice -- a rare ensemble in the making of the music of a life.

Praise For Music of a Life

The Wall Street Journal

[C]oncise, fable-like, light-textured yet morally serious in the highest degree....[R]ead it with delight and astonishment.

The Denver Post

[A] tour de force...about partings, death, love, solitude, art, identity...[that] leaves the reader with the feeling of having gone through an epic.

The New Yorker

Makine's dreamlike prose works beautifully when combined with a strong plot, as it was in his first novel, Dreams of My Russian Summers, and as it is here.

The Atlanta Journal

Makine belongs on the shelf of world literature -- between Lermontov and Nabokov, a few volumes down from Proust.

Washington Square Press, 9780743475600, 128pp.

Publication Date: February 24, 2004