Lives Other Than My Own

A Memoir

Emmanuel Carrère; Translated from the French by Linda Coverdale

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In Sri Lanka, a tsunami sweeps a child out to sea, her grandfather helpless against the onrushing water. In France, a woman dies from cancer, leaving her husband and small children bereft. What links these two catastrophes is the presence of Emmanuel Carrère, who manages to find consolation and even joy as he immerses himself in lives other than his own. The result is a heartrending narrative of endless love, a meditation on courage in the face of adversity, and an intimate look at the beauty of ordinary lives.

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The night before the wave, I remember that Hélène and I talked about separating. It wouldn't be complicated; we didn't live together, hadn't had a child, and were even able to see ourselves remaining friends, and yet, it was sad. It was Christmas 2004. Here we were in our bungalow at the Hotel Eva Lanka, and we couldn't help remembering a different night, just after we'd met, a night we'd spent marveling that we had found each other and would never part, and would grow old together, happy for the rest of our lives. We even talked about having a child, a little girl.

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"Gratifying and surprising…A book about the texture and resonance of loss…Carrère covers a lot of ground with cool honesty and careful humanity."---Sally Singer, The New York Times, A Favorite Book of the Year
 
"A beguiling writer…Graceful and important."---John Freeman, NPR

"In Lives Other Than My Own, Emmanuel Carrère demonstrates that empathy can be the antidote to alienation, if we try for it. With the finely measured assurance of Chekhov, he achieves something altogether unexpected in modern literature: beatitude."---Gary Indiana, author of The Shanghai Gesture and Three Month Fever

"A powerful story of happiness wrenched from despair. Once the tempest has passed, words remain, and what words they are!"---Le Nouvel Observateur (France)


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Emmanuel Carrère; Translated from the French by Linda Coverdale

Emmanuel Carrère, novelist, filmmaker, journalist, and biographer, is the award-winning internationally renowned author of The Adversary (a New York Times Notable Book), Lives Other Than My Own, My Life As A Russian Novel, Class Trip and The Mustache. Carrère lives in Paris.

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Lives Other Than My Own
A Memoir
Emmanuel Carrère; Translated from the French by Linda Coverdale

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
September 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250013774
ISBN10: 1250013771
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 256 pages
$16.00

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Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co.
Metropolitan Books
September 2011
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805092615
ISBN10: 0805092617
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 256 pages
$26.00

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Henry Holt and Co.
Metropolitan Books
September 2011
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429973281
ISBN10: 1429973285
256 pages
$7.99
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