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Limonov

(2011)
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A thrilling page-turner that also happens to be the biography of one of Russia's most controversial figures

This is how Emmanuel Carrere, the magnetic journalist, novelist, filmmaker, and chameleon, describes his subject: "Limonov is not a fictional character. There. I know him. He has been a young punk in Ukraine, the idol of the Soviet underground; a bum, then a multimillionaire's butler in Manhattan; a fashionable writer in Paris; a lost soldier in the Balkans; and now, in the fantastic shambles of postcommunism, the elderly but charismatic leader of a party of young desperadoes. He sees himself as a hero; you might call him a scumbag: I suspend my judgment on the matter. It's a dangerous life, an ambiguous life: a real adventure novel. It is also, I believe, a life that says something. Not just about him, Limonov, not just about Russia, but about all our history since the end of the Second World War."
So Eduard Limonov isn't fictional - but he might as well be. This pseudobiography isn't a novel, but it reads like one: from Limonov's grim childhood to his desperate, comical, ultimately successful attempts to gain the respect of Russia's literary intellectual elite; to his immigration to New York, then to Paris; to his return to the motherland. Limonov could be read as a charming picaresque. But it could also be read as a troubling counternarrative of the second half of the twentieth century, one that reveals a violence, an anarchy, a brutality, that the stories we tell ourselves about progress tend to conceal.

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October 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: Limonov: The Outrageous Adventures of the Radical Soviet Poet Who Became a Bum in New York, a Sensation in France, and a Political Antihero in Russia
Author(s): Emmanuel Carrere
ISBN: 0-374-19201-4 / 978-0-374-19201-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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September 2014 : UK Hardback
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Title: Limonov
Author(s): Emmanuel Carrere
ISBN: 1-84614-820-0 / 978-1-84614-820-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Allen Lane
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Paperback Editions

October 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: Limonov (Penguin Modern Classics)
Author(s): Emmanuel Carrere
ISBN: 1-84614-821-9 / 978-1-84614-821-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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October 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: Limonov: The Outrageous Adventures of the Radical Soviet Poet Who Became a Bum in New York, a Sensation in France, and a Political Antihero in Russia
Author(s): Emmanuel Carrere
ISBN: 1-250-07483-5 / 978-1-250-07483-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Audio Editions

June 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: Limonov: The Outrageous Adventures of the Radical Soviet Poet Who Became a Bum in New York, a Sensation in France, and a Political Antihero in Russia
Author(s): Emmanuel Carrere
ISBN: 1-5318-1249-X / 978-1-5318-1249-2
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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Kindle Editions

October 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Limonov: The Outrageous Adventures of the Radical Soviet Poet Who Became a Bum in New York, a Sensation in France, and a Political Antihero in Russia
Author(s): Emmanuel Carrere
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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September 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Limonov: A Novel (Penguin Modern Classics)
Author(s): Emmanuel Carrere
Publisher: Penguin
Availability: Amazon UK