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Andrei Makine

Datum narození: 10. září 1957

Andreï Makine je francouzský spisovatel ruského původu.


„Literární jazyk je vždycky cizí, neznáte ho předem a musíte ho teprve hledat. Ten jazyk se musí stvořit.“

„People speak because they are afraid of silence. They speak mechanically whether aloud or to themselves. They are intoxicated by this vocal gruel that ensnares every object and every being. They talk about rain and fine weather; they talk about money, about love, about nothing. And even when they are talking about their most exalted love, they use words uttered a hundred times, threadbare phrases.“


„(...) the translator of prose is the slave of the author and the translator of poetry is his rival.“

„... she studies to be equal in a world that is no longer surprised at anything“ The Crime of Olga Arbyelina

„This happiness rendered absurd men's desire to dominate, to kill, to possess, thought Volsky. For neither Mila nor he possessed anything. Their joy came from the things one does not possess, from what other people had abandoned or scorned. But, above all, this sunset, this scent of warm bark, these clouds above the young trees in the graveyard, these belonged to everybody!“ The Life of an Unknown Man

„They did not speak, surprised to see how simple, almost poor, happiness could be, yes, materially poor and yet so abundant.“ The Life of an Unknown Man

„Men can be pitiless towards a woman whose body has eluded them, particularly if this is thanks to their own cowardice.“ The Crime of Olga Arbyelina

„The life these words speak of is not worth the ink they are written in.... He now knows that the only words worth writing down arise when language is impossible.“ The Life of an Unknown Man


„An exile's only country is his country's literature.“ The Life of an Unknown Man

„That apple orchard is still in flower," I told myself. "Time has passed it by, leaving it behind in a moment that does not pass. An idea that seems as insane as the beauty of those flowering trees that will never bear fruit. But to believe in it gives a supreme meaning to our lives, our encounters, our loves."

Then I caught myself mentally addressing Kira, as on so many occasions during these last twenty years.

The truth is, I have never stopped walking beside her along an endless corridor lined with snow-clad boughts.“
Le livre des brèves amours éternelles

„This sacrifice, which saved his life, reminded him again that the evil of this world could be put to rout by the will of a single human being.“ The Life of an Unknown Man

„He had already come to see human lives as one single communal life and it was perhaps this perception that gave him hope.“ The Life of an Unknown Man


„Their own life together was like a subtle watercolor sketch, invisible to other people. They gave the world what it required of them and for the rest of the time were content to be forgotten.“ The Life of an Unknown Man

„In war the most testing moments are those of peace, for a dead man lying in the grass makes the living see the world as it would be, but for their folly.“ The Life of an Unknown Man

„their life will be made of the same stuff as this spring afternoon.“ Music of a Life

„The though revives in him the oldest memory of his life. A child sees a door closing: without knowing who it is that has just left, he senses it is someone he loves with all his tiny, still mute being.“ The Life of an Unknown Man

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