When a young, rebellious writer from Leningrad arrives in a remote Russian village to study local customs, one woman stands out: Vera, who has been waiting thirty years for her lover to return from the Second World War.
As fascinated as he is appalled by the fruitless fidelity of this still beautiful woman, he sets out to win her affections.
But the better he thinks understands her the more she surprises him, and the more he gains uncomfortable insights into himself.
Lyrically evoking the haunting beauty of the Archangel region, Makine tells a timeless story of the human heart and its capacity for enduring love, selfish passion and cowardly betrayal.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 192 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 22/02/2007
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780340837375