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Limonov (Panorama De Narrativas) (Spanish Edition) (original 2011; edition 2013)

by Emmanuel Carrère

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Title:Limonov (Panorama De Narrativas) (Spanish Edition)
Authors:Emmanuel Carrère
Info:Anagrama (2013), Edición: 0, Paperback, 400 páginas
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Limonov by Emmanuel Carrere

Biography, history, fiction tracing recent cataclysmic events in both the personal life of one, Eduard Limonov, and of the downfall and rebuilding of the Soviet nation.

Eduard Limonov is a real life character whose life story reads like several other stories: John Richey’s City of Night, Charles Bukowski, Hunter Thompson’s Hell Angel’s, Denis Johnson’s Jesus Son. One gets the idea- this is a wild ride of adventurism, rebellion, living on the edge, fueled with vodka, cold enough “to go down like oil”.

Limonov starts off in a small town, makes his way to Moscow re-invents himself as a bohemian dissident- a combination poet/hustler who ends up travelling to Paris, New York and then back to Moscow where he quickly ends up in the new gulag, branded a terrorist whose self-anointed political party of seven thousand followers challenge the status quo. Along the way, posing as a journalist he reports and participates in the Serbian- Croat- Kosovan war participating as a fighter shooting at innocents in Sarajevo.

Additionally depicted is his sexual journey- a ravishing desire sharing beds with nymphomaniacs, soap opera stars, models and underage girls. Limonov is a flame that never realizes his desire and in the end he self identifies the life he has lived “as a shitty life”, a loser who reaches more than his 15 minutes of flame yet never realizes his dreams of glory.

Emmanuel Carrere has found a real life character who is the equal of great literary figures. A brilliant account with the added insight into today’s Russia where the oligarchs, and Putin’s kleptocracy live hand in hand. Amazing that Putin, who in the early 90’s was driving a taxi cab, is now the power that controls all of Russia. To this day Limonov is still hoping, working for a renewed fascist Stalin-like society from his “shitty” little apartment in Moscow.

A great read! ( )
  berthirsch | Dec 21, 2015 |
Eduard Limonov is a Russian born writer and politican. Best known for founding and leading the banned National Bolshevik Party which opposed Vladimir Putin from 1994 till 2007. The National Bolshevik Party (Natsbols) was a militant type organisation that defended Stalinism, it was never register as an official political party. Nowadays Eduard Limonov is a member of the umbrella coalition known as The Other Russia which oppose the leadership of Putin for a variety of reasons from political to human rights issues. The Other Russia has a mixed group of supporters from liberals, nationalists, socialists and communists all working together to achieve a Russia without Vladimir Putin leading it.

Firstly I would like to point out that the subtitle for Limonov by Emmanuel Carrère is ‘a novel’ and there can be debates around if this should be considered a biography or a novel. Eduard Limonov’s life reads very much like a novel and this could be in part because Emmanuel Carrère is an excellent writer and John Lambert translated it into English wonderfully. I do not know enough about Limonov to be able to disagree with categorising of this as a novel but I do think all good biographies have elements of fiction to make them more readable.

Having said that the life of Eduard Limonov is a fascinating read; some consider him a terrorist, others a political leader, and there is no denying that. The beauty of Limonov is the way Emmanuel Carrère has captured this complex character in a way that shows all sides of the man while avoiding a biased portrayal. There is a lot worth talking about when it comes to Eduard Limonov but I do not want to go too much into his life story; there just is not enough time.

I am fascinated by the history of Russia, especially when it comes to the Soviet and post-Soviet eras. I love the way Emmanuel Carrère has captured the life of Eduard Limonov, a political figure that I knew nothing about. I am tempted to try some of Limonov’s own books, in particular It’s Me, Eddie: A Fictional Memoir and Memoir of a Russian Punk. Has anyone read anything by Eduard Limonov and is he worth reading? With his life experiences, I am interested to see just how he portrays himself in his books and explore more of his life story.

This review originally appeared on my blog; http://www.knowledgelost.org/literature/book-reviews/genre/non-fiction/limonov-b... ( )
  knowledge_lost | Sep 27, 2015 |
One of the more interesting biographies I have ever read. I frequently had to go to Wikipedia and google maps to look things up because the story frequently seems so incredulous. The author almost presents the work as fiction and frequently seems to have a hard time believing this really happened at all. The author frequently interjects his own personal narrative which I did not mind as much as I would have expected. ( )
  pbirch01 | Apr 1, 2015 |
Een kleine geschiedenis van het Rusland na Stalin opgehangen aan het chaotische levensverhaal van een eeuwig dwarsliggende schrijver die met alle geweld held wil worden. ( )
  joucy | Oct 24, 2012 |
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Extremisten-Biografie "Limonow": Pussy Riots düsterer Vorgänger - Nationalbolschewist, Sex-Abenteurer, Selbstdarsteller: Der Schriftsteller Eduard Limonow ist eine der schillerndsten Figuren der russischen Politik und fordert mit provokanten Aktionen den Staat heraus. Eine Biografie widmet sich nun seinem Leben - voller Abscheu und Faszination.
 
“This deft, timely translation of French writer and filmmaker Carrère's sparkling 2011 biography of Eduard Limonov is an enthralling portrait of a man and his times. The subtitle is no exaggeration: Limonov, a prolific and celebrated author, cofounder of Russia's National Bolshevik Party, onetime coleader of the Drugaya Rossiya opposition movement, and current head of Strategy 31 (which organizes protests in Russia aimed at securing the right to peacefully assemble), has led an extraordinary life. Carrère suggests that Limonov's haphazard turns--from budding poet, disillusioned émigré, New York City butler, and Parisian literary rock star to Russian countercultural maverick, Putin opponent, and political prisoner--have been prompted by his drive for adventure and fame . . . Carrère's Limonov never dissolves in a mess of unfathomable contradictions. Instead, he emerges as a mirror through which the vortex of culture and politics in the late-Soviet and New Russian eras is reflected. In this astute, witty account, Limonov has found his ideal biographer. There are few more enjoyable descriptions of Russia today.”
added by davidgn | editPublisher's Weekly
 
“There's an obsession that has always tormented Emmanuel Carrère and that has forced him to become the greatest living French author: to unearth his three demons [deception, savagery, loss], to drive them away, and, if possible, to reveal them to the world through books which prove themselves necessary . . . Limonov . . . is the human being who more than any other embodies Carrère's three demons and adds a crucial one of his own: the desire to challenge the world.”
added by davidgn | editCorriere della sera, Marco Missiroli
 
“[Emmanuel Carrère] is probably the most important French writer you've never heard of.”
added by davidgn | editThe Observer, Robert McCrum
 
“[An] addictively interesting narrative (nimbly translated by John Lambert) . . . the storytelling in Limonov is fast-paced and full of zest . . . The book grows in both excitement and absurdity as it charts Mr. Limonov's return to Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union and his bizarre transformation into an ultranationalist. His National Bolshevik Party makes bedfellows of anti-Semitic extremists, counterculture artists and other social misfits, and, for a time during Boris Yeltsin's incompetent presidency, Mr. Limonov believes he can seize power. Mr. Carrère presents him as a kind of farcical exemplum of a new Russia run by drunks and gangsters--except that he loses out again, this time to Vladimir Putin, who trumps him in brutality and demagoguery just as Brodsky once one-upped him in literary renown. Even when it comes to immoral self-interest, Mr. Limonov is second-best, a failure and a loser. In other words, Mr. Carrère suggests, a hero of our time.”
added by davidgn | editThe Wall Street Journal, Sam Sacks
 

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Francesco BergamascoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hamm, ClaudiaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lambert, JohnTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vandenberghe, KatrienTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"This deft, timely translation of French writer and filmmaker Carrere's sparkling 2011 biography of Edward Limonov is an enthralling portrait of a man and his times. The subtitle is no exaggeration: Limonov, a prolific and celebrated author, cofounder of Russia's National Bolshevik Party, onetime coleader of the Drugaya Rossiya opposition movement, and current head of Strategy-31 (which organizes protests in Russia aimed at securing the right to peacefully assemble), has led an extraordinary life. Carrere suggests that Limonov's haphazard turns from budding poet, disillusioned emigre, New York City butler, and Parisian literary rock star to Russian countercultural maverick, Putin opponent, and political prisoner have been prompted by his drive for adventure and fame. Though his behavior is frequently reprehensible (including his lasting flirtation with authoritarian and fascist figures), Carrere's Limonov never dissolves in a mess of unfathomable contradictions. Instead, he emerges as a mirror through which the vortex of culture and politics in the late-Soviet and New Russian eras is reflected. In this astute, witty account, Limonov has found his ideal biographer. There are few more enjoyable descriptions of Russia today"--Publisher's Weekly.… (more)

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