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Andrei Makine's new novel, a luminous elegy for the innocence and certainties of childhood and a stunning portrait of life in Soviet Russia during the Cold War.
Andrei Makine was born in Siberia in 1957, and taught at the University of Novgorod. In 1987 he left the Soviet Union and sought asylum in Paris, where he lived rough before finding teaching work. He is the author of the bestselling Le Testament Francais, winner of the Priz Goncourt and Prix Medicis, and an international bestseller. Confessions of a Lapsed Standard-Bearer, his second novel, is his third to be published in English, following The Crime of Olga Arbyelina (Sceptre, 1999).