In Soviet Russia the desire for freedom is also a desire for the freedom to love.
Lovers live as outlaws, traitors to the collective spirit, and love is more intense when it feels like an act of resistance.
Now entering middle age, an orphan recalls the fleeting moments that have never left him - a scorching day in a blossoming orchard with a woman who loves another; a furtive, desperate affair in a Black Sea resort; the bunch of snowdrops a crippled childhood friend gave him to give to his lover.
As the dreary Brezhnev era gives way to Perestroika and the fall of Communism, the orphan uncovers the truth behind the life of Dmitri Ress, whose tragic fate embodies the unbreakable bond between love and freedom.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 192 pages
- Publisher: Quercus Publishing
- Publication Date: 28/03/2013
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780857051769
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Review by martin1400
Classic Makine. Several short accounts, in a chronological sequence from childhood in an ophanage to adulthood (and sometimes referring back to each other), of episodes in the narrator's life involving an awareness of feelings which were often fleeting and ill-understood at the time but which end up lasting a lifetime.