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The Life of an Unknown Man

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781848946132

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‘It is impossible to exaggerate the power of this short, unbearably poignant novel.’ Mail on Sunday

‘A bold and elegant novel’ Helen Dunmore, Guardian

A haunting story, beautifully told’ Viv Groskop, Observer

An extraordinary story of love and endurance during the Siege of Leningrad lies at the heart of a magnificent novel about Russia past and present, and the human condition.

One night in St Petersburg, two men meet, both adrift in the brash new Russia: Shutov, a writer visiting after years of exile in Paris, and Volsky, an elderly survivor of the Siege of Leningrad and Stalin’s purges. His life story – one of extreme suffering, courage and an extraordinary love – he considers unremarkable. To Shutov it is a revelation, the tale of an unsung hero that puts everything into perspective and suggests where true happiness lies.

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