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.
Makine's wonderful economy of image and phrase convey far more than one could think possible about the Russian soul. -- Anthony Beevor * Daily Telegraph. * Makine packs great steppes-full of history into compact, bejewelled boxes of prose. -- Boyd Tonkin * Independent. * One of the significant novelists of our age. -- Stephanie Merritt * Observer. * As good as Stendhal or Tolstoy . . . I would rather read him than anyone else now writing -- Allan Massie * Literary Review. * A thrilling manhunt through the taiga. -- Claire Devarieux * Liberation * A powerful story of metaphysical adventure. -- Marianne Payot * L'Express * Pleasingly clever stuff . . . has an ambition of romantic grandeur that feels genuinely, soulfully Russian. -- David Mills * Sunday Times. * Makine's customary clear-eyed vision and shimmering prose impart, yet again, the heavy knowledge that what is essential is experienced by few and obliterated by many. -- Kate Mcloughlin * Times Literary Supplement. * Masterful . . . Makine has been justly compared with Tolstoy, but here I think the better reference is Joseph Conrad. -- James McNamara * Spectator. *