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The Woman Who Waited

Andrei Makine, Andrei Makine

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Historical fiction, Fiction in translation

The compelling, brilliant new novel from a master of European literature, a bestseller in France

When a young, rebellious writer from Leningrad arrives in a remote Russian village to study local customs, one woman stands out: Vera, who has been waiting thirty years for her lover to return from the Second World War. As fascinated as he is appalled by the fruitless fidelity of this still beautiful woman, he sets out to win her affections. But the better he thinks understands her the more she surprises him, and the more he gains uncomfortable insights into himself.

Lyrically evoking the haunting beauty of the Archangel region, Makine tells a timeless story of the human heart and its capacity for enduring love, selfish passion and cowardly betrayal.

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Praise for The Woman Who Waited

  • Ravishing - The Times

  • Achingly beautiful - Guardian

  • Bewitchingly mysterious...Makine's reputation rises with every book, and some have claimed that he deserves the Nobel Prize; on the strength of this teasing, emotionally dense novel, it's easy to see why - Sunday Telegraph

  • Luminous, enthralling...The enormity of the Second World War, with more than 20 million Russian dead, is allied with one, inconsolable human tragedy. This is where Makine dazzles. He can make the universal deeply intimate. - Herald

  • Beautiful...Makine gives us a work about love and its doppelganger, infatuation, which is by turns touching and profoundly sad - Spectator

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Andrei Makine

Andrei Makine was born in Siberia, but writes his novels in French. Le Testament Fran ais was the winner of the Prix Goncourt and the Prix Medici, and the first novel to win both of these prestigious awards.

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