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Author Carrère, Emmanuel, 1957- author.

Title Limonov : [The Outrageous Adventures of the Radical Soviet Poet Who Became a Bum in New York, a Sensation in France, and a Political Antihero in Russia] / Emmanuel Carrère ; translated by John Lambert.

Edition First American edition.
Publication Info. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
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 Nichols Adult Biography  843.914 CAR    AVAILABLE
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Description 340 pages ; 24 cm
Summary "A thrilling page-turner that also happens to be the biography of one of Russia's most controversial figures. This is how Emmanuel Carrère, the magnetic journalist, novelist, filmmaker, chameleon, describes his subject: "Limonov is not a fictional character. There. I know him. He was a rogue in Ukraine; an idol of the Soviet underground under Brezhnev; a bum, then a multimillionaire's valet in Manhattan; a fashionable writer in Paris; a lost soldier in the Balkan wars; and now, in the chaotic ruins of post communist Russia, the elderly but charismatic leader of a party of young desperadoes. He sees himself as a hero; you might call him a scumbag: I suspend my judgment on the matter. It's a dangerous life, an ambiguous life: a real adventure novel. It is also, I believe, a life that says something. Not just about him, Limonov, not just about Russia, but about all our history since the end of World War II." So Limonov isn't fictional--but he might as well be. This pseudo-biography isn't a novel, but it reads like one: from Limonov's grim childhood; to his desperate, comical, ultimately successful attempts to gain the respect of Russia's literary intellectual elite; to his emigration to New York, then to Paris; to his return to the motherland. Limonov could be read as a charming picaresque. But it could also be read as a troubling counter-narrative of the second half of the twentieth century, one that reveals a violence, an anarchy, a brutality that the stories we tell ourselves about progress tend to conceal"-- Provided by publisher.
Language Translated from the French.
Subject Limonov, Ėduard.
Artists -- Russia -- Biography.
Architects -- Russia -- Biography.
Photographers -- Russia -- Biography.
Genre NonFiction.
Literary.
Political.
Added Author Lambert, John, 1960- translator.
Added Title Limonov. English.
ISBN 9780374192013
0374192014
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