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   Andreï Makine
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Biography
Andreï Makine was born in Siberia, at Krasnoïarsk in Northern Mongolia in 1957. He studied at Kalinin and Moscow and started to work as a publisher for a French foreign literature magazine, Littérature moderne à l’étranger and also taught philosophy at Novgorod.
In 1987 he moved to Paris, where the French government granted him political asylum. Due to his precarious financial conditions he was obliged to live in a small room between Belleville and Ménilmontant, even spending a brief period in a crypt at the Père Lachaise cemetery. His first literary work, written in French, was refused by publishers, until because of Russian narrative’s popularity in France, Makine translated his own work into Russian.
In 1990 he published La Fille d’un héros de l’Union Soviétique. Since then Makine has published nine novels, winning the Prix Goncourt and the Prix Médicis in 1995 with Le Testament Français. This novel was also a finalist at the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction in the United States.
Makine currently lives in Paris where he teaches Russian literature at university and also spends time in a small village in south-west France, in a small hut he himself build in the middle of a forest.
 
Comments about him

"Russian literature can boast a strange success, Andreï Makine, a Russian of vague French origin, has won two of the most prestigious literary awards for a book he wrote in France, in French, and about France - a book that in spite of everything is quintessentially Russian".
Tatyana Tolstava, The New York Review of Books

"Makine progressively allows a torrent of enchanting prose to flow, so full of energy that one is able to experience an entire life, in fact a whole world of lives that shine in front of our eyes. Not to mention the biting Siberian air that pierces one’s lungs".
F. X. Feeney, LA Weekly
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