From the master of psychological suspense and the author of The Adversary comes “a work of infinite sorrow, infernal jealousy, and violent passion” (Le Monde). Set in Paris and Kotelnich, a small post-Soviet town, My Life as a Russian Novel traces Carrère’s pursuit of two obsessions—the disappearance of his Russian grandfather and his erotic fascination with a woman he loves but cannot keep from destroying. In prose that is elegant and passionate, Carrère weaves the strands of his story into a travelogue of a journey inward. Road trip, confession, and erotic tour de force—this fearless reckoning illuminates the schemes we devise to evade ourselves, and the inevitable payment they exact.
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The train is humming along, it's nighttime, Sophie and I are making love in the berth and it really is her. In my erotic dreams, my partners are usually several women at once and difficult to identify, but this time, no: I recognize Sophie's voice, her words, her spread legs. In the sleeping car compartment where we have so far been alone, another couple turns up, the Fujimoris. Mme Fujimori hops right into bed with us. The entente is immediately cordiale, with much merriment. Supported by Sophie in an acrobatic position, I enter Mme Fujimori, who soon comes ecstatically.
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Emmanuel Carrère, novelist, filmmaker, journalist, and biographer, is the award-winning internationally renowned author of Class Trip, The Mustache, and The Adversary, a New York Times Notable Book. Carrère lives in Paris.