A Life's Music
Andreï Makine Geoffrey Strachan
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Feb 27, 2020 - 21:09 PM By Andreï Makine Geoffrey Strachan

May 24, 1941 Alexe Berg, a classical pianist, is set to perform his first solo concert in Moscow But just before his d but, his parents his father a renowned playwright, and his mother a famed opera singer are exposed for their political indiscretions and held under arrest With World War II on the brink, and fearing that his own entrapment is not far behind, Alexe fleMay 24, 1941 Alexe Berg, a classical pianist, is set to perform his first solo concert in Moscow But just before his d but, his parents his father a renowned playwright, and his mother a famed opera singer are exposed for their political indiscretions and held under arrest With World War II on the brink, and fearing that his own entrapment is not far behind, Alexe flees to the countryside, assumes the identity of a Soviet soldier, and falls dangerously in love with a general officer s daughter What follows is a two decades long journey through war and peace, love and betrayal, art and artifice a rare ensemble in the making of the music of a life.
  • Title: A Life's Music
  • Author: Andreï Makine Geoffrey Strachan
  • ISBN: 9780340820094
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Paperback

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Hugh Feb 27, 2020 - 21:09 PM
At 106 pages, this is a very short novel, but a very powerful and haunting one - Makine is a master at finding emotion in small details. This book opens with a narrator who is forced to spend a snowy night at a crowded station in the far east of the Soviet Union. He stumbles on an old man at a piano going through the motions of playing but barely touching the keys. This man helps him find a way on to the train and describes his life story over the course of the train journey to Moscow. Like the [...]
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Donna Feb 27, 2020 - 21:09 PM
This is the story of a thwarted life told to a stranger on a train. And there's a fair amount of time to tell it. The train runs from Siberia to Moscow, but still, considerable compression is necessary. The book is short and the end is always near. I stared into space a good 15 minutes once it came. I had to get my bearings again. This is a story that could have been mired in all kinds of sentimental cliché. The man was, after all, almost a concert pianist. And at least 2 moments occur in the t [...]
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سلطان Feb 27, 2020 - 21:09 PM
رواية جميلة، متقنة في بنائها، ولغتها بعيدة عن التعقيد، ورغم أن معظم الأحداث تدور في أجواء الحرب، إلا أننا لا نجد مشاهد للعنف فيها.أليكس بطل الرواية شاب في مقتبل عمره، يحب العزف على البيانو، لكنه ينفذ بجلده هربا من القوات الاستخباراتية في بلاده التي داهمت بيته واعتقلت والديه [...]
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Deea Feb 27, 2020 - 21:09 PM
This is a novel that appeals to the sensitivity of the reader through its simplicity and musicality. Framed by the waiting in a train station, the ride by train through the immensity of Russian lands covered by snow and the arrival to Moscow, this is a story of a life whose musicality although extirpated with brutality by the regime of those times, was mended by its hero with whatever meager means he had in hand. The story of a person who longs for music in his life and who, thanks to the power [...]
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Sandy (CA) Feb 27, 2020 - 21:09 PM
For a short book, this packs a huge punch. The story is told through a narrator of a Russian man who, several days before his debut performance as a concert pianist, must flee Moscow. His is a harrowing tale of fear, uncertainty, determination, and adaptation to a "new" life as a soldier. The emotions are palpable and, in the end, the resolution a relief. This book, which was written in French, was the winner of the 2001 Grand Prix RTL-Lire and is a great introduction to the work of this Russian [...]
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Ram Feb 27, 2020 - 21:09 PM
This book is about identities The identity we present to the world, our real identity, the identity of a nation, the identity of a country…Alexeï Berg, is forced to take the identity of a fallen soldier in 1941. He does this in order to escape from the security police that arrested both his parents. With his new identity, he has to shed his old identity…his childhood in Moscow, his promising piano talent, his intellectual background. He is now a new person, with a new past and a new future, [...]
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Ray Feb 27, 2020 - 21:09 PM
A gem of a book, set in Russia pre and post Second World War. It sets into context an individual life with upheaval, death and chaos all around.
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Friederike Knabe Feb 27, 2020 - 21:09 PM
A train station like a dot in the snow-covered expanse of the Siberian plains. People, thrown together by chance, patiently waiting hours for the delayed train to Moscow. Reflecting on the crowd as a collective sample of "homo sovieticus", the narrator singles out some individuals. He describes them in minute detail, bringing them alive for the reader. Suddenly, a piano tune, played elsewhere, breaks the multitude of muted night noises in the waiting room. For the narrator, the music transcends [...]
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Debbie Robson Feb 27, 2020 - 21:09 PM
I started reading A Life’s Music quite a while ago and after only a few pages, put the book aside. I’m not sure why but luckily I picked it up only a few days ago and this time was blown away by the story of the pianist Alexei Berg.“It is the story of a young man who, in 1941, lost everything in one of Stalin’s purges - his parents, his budding carer as a concert pianist, even his identity.” Makine’s writing is the best that I have encountered in a long time. Not since Nemirovsky’s [...]
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Dragana Latinovic Feb 27, 2020 - 21:09 PM
Jedna od boljih ikad pročitanih.
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thehalcyondaysofsummer Feb 27, 2020 - 21:09 PM
Opening lines: ‘I could quite easily put a date to that encounter.’
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Siv30 Feb 27, 2020 - 21:09 PM
מאקין אנדרי – "מנגינת חיים"הוצאת כתר, תרגום חגית בת עדה, 94 עמ'אני לא יודעת אבל לי יש תחושת שימחה בלב שאני יודעת שהמאה ה-20 חלפה. לדעתי, זו אחת המאות היחידות שהצליחה להצמיח מספר מטורפים וחולי נפש רבים כל כך שהגיעו לעמדות מדיניות בעיקר כמנהיגים שהתעללו בעם שלהם.אני לא בטוחה מי היה [...]
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L.J. Feb 27, 2020 - 21:09 PM
Many people hear a song all their life, like a life source, without even knowing the source. And there are those who play very rarely yet all their life is about it. A story told by the second to the first kind. Truth, love, tragedy, melancholy and that shining hope that drives life forward all for an epic are in this novella.It sure has the essence of europe and soviet blended together.
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Jill Feb 27, 2020 - 21:09 PM
Years ago, the celebrated Russian logician Alexander Zinoviev coined the sarcastic phrase Homo Sovieticus to explore how a new species with a specific mindset evolved as a result of the Communist system. In Andrei Makine’s exquisite and dreamlike 109-page novella, the reader learns about this new species through the person of Alexei Berg, a one-time brilliant young pianist.Not unlike Coleridge’s The Ancient Mariner, he happens across the narrator who is enduring a transportation delay with [...]
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Nina Feb 27, 2020 - 21:09 PM
След „Жената, която чакаше” това е втората книга на Андрей Макин, която прочитам и много ми харесва. Тук той отново е брилянтен разказвач, отново разказва затрогваща история. Книгата започва с описание на една далечна гара в Сибир, където хората търпеливо чакат влак за Мос [...]
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Mojgan Feb 27, 2020 - 21:09 PM
No spoilers in this comment:This is a tiny (112 pages) but very good bookIt was hard for me to get engaged with the story for the first 20 pages or so. It felt that the author was aimlessly describing different characters without any intention of following up on any of them!But after about page 20, the story finds purposeFor me the author's style of writing was as much interesting as the actual story! His metaphors are fresh and catching! His style, typical of most Russian and French authors, ap [...]
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Kristina Feb 27, 2020 - 21:09 PM
This book was just ok. The story could have been interesting, but it was much too short to really get very involved in the story. I kept finding myself wanting further descriptions and explanations where there were none which left the reader to simply guess at what exactly was happening in the story. The text was originally written in French and translated into English so perhaps some of the portions that didn't make complete sense were actually "lost in translation." Probably wouldn't highly re [...]
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Marina Sofia Feb 27, 2020 - 21:09 PM
A whole life (very typical of its time and country) condensed into such a short piece of work. Some unforgettable images (reminiscent of classic Russian literature): the door blasting open and letting the chill air and snow in at the railway station where the characters are waiting for their delayed train. The trawling among corpses for an identity - horrifying and very moving. The love story did not seem terribly convincing, or perhaps this is a man who is emotionally stunted and unable to admi [...]
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Molly Lynch Feb 27, 2020 - 21:09 PM
Russian wartime literature historicized - its amazing what the filter of time can do to a genre. But this book isn't just unique and stunning because of the fact the writer is not of the same generation as Pasternak and Babel yet muses on the material with as much authority of experience. He also brings recollection and a magical element of imagination to this very tragic story.
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Zebardast Zebardast Feb 27, 2020 - 21:09 PM
آندره مکین در سال ۱۹۵۷ در کرانسویارسک سیبری زاده می‌شود اولین قصه‌های دوران کودکیش را از جد مادری‌اش به زبان فرانسه می‌شنود و همین امر بی‌گمان باعث دلبستگی و شیفتگی فراوان او به زندگی در فرانسه می‌گردد. در بدو ورود به فرانسه در سال ۱۹۸۷ کتابهای «دختر یک قهرمان اتحاد جماهی [...]
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Descending Angel Feb 27, 2020 - 21:09 PM
Short and sweet book that reads like Kurt Vonnegut. It's pretty good, just needed too be abit longer to reach that 4 stars.
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Tzeck Feb 27, 2020 - 21:09 PM
Първа и напълно случайна среща с този руски писател с френска жилка, пишещ на езика на Наполеон. Търсих книга, която да струва до 5 лв за да успея да закръгля точно сумата, която ми оставаше след покупката да друга една книга, и съм много доволен от изборът на случайността. Анд [...]
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Amandine Feb 27, 2020 - 21:09 PM
Mon avis sur ce livre me semble difficile à rédiger, comme si je savais déjà que je ne garderai pas un souvenir marquant de celui-ci, pas plus que lors de ma première lecture dont je me rappelais à peine. Ce n’est pas qu’il soit déplaisant, ni même insignifiant, mais il ne s’imprime pas en moi et glisse, au contraire, comme un frôlement : agréable, mais éphémère et vite oublié. Sans pouvoir expliquer pourquoi, je me sens imperméable à cette œuvre.La raison de mon incompré [...]
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Connie Feb 27, 2020 - 21:09 PM
The narrator of this novel meets Alexei Berg in a train station in the Urals. He is told the story of the last twenty years of Alexei's life as the two men travel by train to Moscow. Alexei Berg's parents, a dramatist and an opera singer, were arrested during Stalin's reign of terror in 1941. Alexei, a classical pianist student, avoided arrest and made his way to the Ukraine, close to the Polish border, where he had relatives hide him. When the Germans invaded the Ukraine, Alexei took on the ide [...]
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Kristen Schrader (Wenke) Feb 27, 2020 - 21:09 PM
I found it difficult to get into this book. The protagonist seems to be emotionally detached for most of the story, which made it hard to connect with him. I think, however, this was intentional albeit ineffective. I believe the author is making a statement on artists that are starved for our art form. Indeed. the only times I truly felt I knew the character was when he was playing the piano. And I believe any true artist understands the dwindling life force when you are kept from your art, and [...]
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Julia Feb 27, 2020 - 21:09 PM
About page 54 things started to get interesting, and the pages seemed to fly by from there. And then it ended abruptly. I wanted to know about the ending more, I know about leaving it to the reader to know but I still want the writer to go into more detail. Overall there wasn't a clear plot, and I found it hard to track the storyline because of the style of writing but it had a really good essence and I liked the character it focuses on. Because it was so short there are bound to be hundreds of [...]
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Ignacio Fernandez Feb 27, 2020 - 21:09 PM
This book is about identities that play a role within the human history. Two world confronted, one that claims and please social compliance with current institutions and rhe counter one that claim ' follow your own voice' no matter how much the John' s weight. Rich vocabulary, edging with poetry, a drama that portrait human misery and Greatness. Beautiful narrative, a short rich story.
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destiny ☠ howling libraries Feb 27, 2020 - 21:09 PM
4/5 stars. I found it a bit hard to get into at first, but once I really became invested in the story, I enjoyed it. I felt like a lot of ends were left loose, though, but I still gave it the rating that I did because the writing was beautiful, fluid poetry, and I was impressed that Makine managed to get so much of a story into only 109 pages.
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Brian Feb 27, 2020 - 21:09 PM
I saw a description describing this book as a novella with the ambition of a novel. I think that is a perfect description, in a very good way. Makine is able to express an awful lot in a limited number of pages (in fact, he may explain the phrase Homo sovieticus better than any definition ever could), and the writing is exceptional. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more by this author.
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Джорджия Feb 27, 2020 - 21:09 PM
Тази "затрогваща приказка" си ме затрогна. Почувствах я. Почувствах музиката, която струеше в дадени моменти. Почувствах безпомощността в дадени моменти на Алексей. Мъките на хората, видени през очите на героя. Ех, този Сталин
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A Life's Music By Andreï Makine Geoffrey Strachan May 24, 1941 Alexe Berg, a classical pianist, is set to perform his first solo concert in Moscow But just before his d but, his parents his father a renowned playwright, and his mother a famed opera singer are exposed for their political indiscretions and held under arrest With World War II on the brink, and fearing that his own entrapment is not far behind, Alexe fleMay 24, 1941 Alexe Berg, a classical pianist, is set to perform his first solo concert in Moscow But just before his d but, his parents his father a renowned playwright, and his mother a famed opera singer are exposed for their political indiscretions and held under arrest With World War II on the brink, and fearing that his own entrapment is not far behind, Alexe flees to the countryside, assumes the identity of a Soviet soldier, and falls dangerously in love with a general officer s daughter What follows is a two decades long journey through war and peace, love and betrayal, art and artifice a rare ensemble in the making of the music of a life.

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