My Armenian Friend

My Armenian Friend

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Publisher's Synopsis

'Powerful, poignant, perfectly-pitched . . . It's a short tale of great significance. I found it unforgettable. . . a fine piece of writing' Michael Palin

In this inspiring story, Andreï Makine looks back on a childhood friendship which changed his life. Set in 1970s Siberia, in the declining years of the Soviet Empire, My Armenian Friend offers a poignant evocation of ordinary lives as well as a window into Makine's own evolution as a writer.

In an orphan school, a young Russian boy befriends Vardan, an Armenian child who, because mature and sensitive, is tormented by schoolyard bullies. When the Russian boy meets Vardan's Armenian family, he falls under their spell. In his eyes, their home is a kingdom transported from afar, which is adorned, aromatic, and beautiful despite how little the family possesses. Their neighbourhood is in a place of exile but is one of community, made up of former prisoners, exhausted adventurers and others who have been uprooted from their homes. As he grows closer to Vardan, the Russian boy learns to recognise a people forced indefinitely to live on the margins, but who, despite persecution, hold on to their culture and cherish the memories they have of their homeland and its history. Even in a brutally inhospitable Siberia, they recreate a transformative "kingdom of Armenia".

Book information

ISBN: 9781914495458
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Imprint: Mountain Leopard Press
Pub date:
Edition: Paperback original
DEWEY: 843.92
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 100g
Height: 128mm
Width: 197mm
Spine width: 16mm