My Russian Love

My Russian Love

Book - 1997
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My Russian Loveopens in the present as Luca, a successful 40-year-old screenwriter, is returning to Paris from newly renamed St. Petersburg, where he intends to shoot a film based on a short story by Pushkin. In the dining car of the train, five tables in front of him and across the aisle, he sees a woman make an unusual gesture, tossing her hair back and putting her palm to the back of her neck in pain. The gesture shocks him, awakening a twenty-year-old memory he had thought buried forever. Before he can react, the girl rises from the table and disappears. The memory is of a girl named Anna, the great love of Luca's youth, and the rest of the novel is a braid woven of two strands: how Luca and Anna met, fell in love, and were separated; and Luca's increasingly desperate effort to find the girl he glimpsed on the train. What follows, in flashback, is a recounting, in passionately intimate detail, of Luca and Anna's affair. Despite its simplicity of style,My Russian Loveis a complex, seamless love story spanning a generation, and effortlessly switching locales between St. Petersburg, Paris, and New York. The ending is an explosive secret few readers will guess in advance, and it is shattering. Soaked in art, poetry, music, and film,My Russian Lovepacks an emotional wallop."
Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese, 1997.
ISBN: 9780385484886
0385484887
Branch Call Number: Fra
Characteristics: 176 p.
Additional Contributors: Rothschild, Jon

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KimToquero
Jun 03, 2014

I casually ran into this book and, to be fair, at first I wasn't interested in reading it (although the book cover was captivating, but you know.. never judge a book by its cover).

At the end, the time spent reading it was really worth it, I absolutely loved it!
Dan Franck really is the author of separation.

There is something magical about this short novel:
Two characters that falls in love in what everyone defines The City of Passion, Paris, but then get separated.

The end leaves you with the desire of knowing more about this bittersweet love and you can either love it or hate it.
My Russian Love became one of my favorite love tales, and I'm currently reading another Dan Franck's novel called Separation.

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