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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (201 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Emmanuel Carrère Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9781400188482
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In work after work, the critically acclaimed author Emmanuel Carrère has trained his unblinking gaze on the lives of others as they fight a losing battle with that most fearsome of adversaries-the self. Now, determined to escape the bleak visions of his narratives, he takes on a film project in the heart of Russia while also embarking on a new love affair back home in Paris. But soon enough, the diversion he seeks eludes him, intimacy proves too arduous, and Carrère is left peering into the dark mirror of his own life. Set in Paris and Kotelnich, a small post-Soviet town, My Life as a Russian Novel traces Carrère's pursuit of two obsessions-the disappearance of his Russian grandfather and his erotic fascination with a woman he loves but cannot keep from destroying. In prose that is elegant and passionate, Carrère weaves the strands of his story into a travelogue of a journey inward. Road trip, confession, erotic tour de force-this fearless reckoning illuminates the schemes we devise to evade ourselves and the inevitable payment they exact. Download and start listening now!

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  • Intelligent, well-written and scrupulously honest. Kirkus

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven Felicelli | 8/25/2013

    " love Carrere, but it's a little self-indulgent "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffery | 2/7/2013

    " as sad as life "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wies Bijnens | 8/9/2012

    " een boeiend verhaal over een man die in zijn thuisleven (zijn vriendin) en in zijn werk (een tv-reportage in rusland) dreigt vast te lopen....het blijft wat kunstmatig die paralel... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandrine | 8/25/2011

    " Perplexe, je reste quelque peu sur ma fin. "

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    " taking literary courage to a different level "

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About the Author

Emmanuel Carrère, one of France’s most critically acclaimed writers, is the author of several screenplays and novels, including Class Trip, The Mustache, and The Adversary, a New York Times Notable Book. He lives in Paris.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.