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Emmanuel Carrère: a poet and psychopath doing his best to further destabilise Ukraine

In a review of Limonov by Emmanuel Carrère, a one-time poet, now full-blown psychopath, emerges as one of the most controversial characters of contemporary Russia

22 November 2014

9:00 AM

22 November 2014

9:00 AM

Limonov: A Novel Emmanuel Carrère (translated by John Lambert)

Allen Lane, pp.340, £20, ISBN: 9781846148200

If Eduard Limonov, the subject of Emmanuel Carrère’s utterly engrossing biographical ‘novel’, hadn’t invented himself, Carrère would have had to invent him. This is not to say that Limonov, one of the most colourful and controversial characters to have emerged on the Russian literary and political landscapes in the last half century, is a liar.

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Available from the Spectator Bookshop, £16 Tel: 08430 600033. Boris Dralyuk is a specialist in Russian and Polish literature at UCLA.

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