Andrei Makine was born in Siberia, but writes his novels in French. Le Testament Fran ais was the winner of the Prix Goncourt and the Prix Medici, and the first novel to win both of these prestigious awards.
A powerful story of metaphysical adventure. - L'ExpressA thrilling manhunt through the taiga. - LiberationAs good as Stendhal or Tolstoy . . . I would rather read him than anyone else now writing - Literary Review.One of the significant novelists of our age. - Observer.Makine packs great steppes-full of history into compact, bejewelled boxes of prose. - Independent.Makine's wonderful economy of image and phrase convey far more than one could think possible about the Russian soul. - Daily Telegraph.Masterful . . . Makine has been justly compared with Tolstoy, but here I think the better reference is Joseph Conrad. - Spectator.Pleasingly clever stuff . . . has an ambition of romantic grandeur that feels genuinely, soulfully Russian. - Sunday Times.