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Strachan, Geoffrey

Works: 47 works in 176 publications in 2 languages and 10,109 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Historical fiction  War stories  Records and correspondence  Diaries  Juvenile works  Novels  Adventure stories  Biographical fiction 
Roles: Translator, Editor, Creator
Classifications: PQ2701.P67, 843.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Geoffrey Strachan
Dreams of my Russian summers by Andreï Makine( Book )

16 editions published between 1995 and 2011 in English and held by 1,355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Frenchwoman's account of Russia before and after the 1917 revolution. She is Charlotte who came as a nurse in World War I and married a Russian lawyer. The story is told by her grandson who listened to her tales, fascinated by her power of observation
Music of a life : a novel by Andreï Makine( Book )

9 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 753 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

His father is a dramatist, his mother an opera singer. But during Stalin's reign of terror in the 1930s, both parents are arrested. Alexei Berg flees, and begins his endless journey until he lands, two decades later, in a snowbound train station in the Urals, where he relates his harrowing saga to the novel's narrator
The woman who waited : a novel by Andreï Makine( Book )

5 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 680 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the love of her life goes off to war and never returns, Vera pines away for her lost fella and refuses to consider anyone else for over thirty years. However, when a young researcher comes to her village and finds out about her and falls in love with her, can he convince Vera that his love is true?
The last brother by Nathacha Appanah-Mouriquand( Book )

8 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 630 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As 1944 comes to a close, nine-year-old Raj is unaware of the war devastating the rest of the world. He lives in Mauritius, a remote island in the Indian Ocean, where survival is a daily struggle for his family. After a brutal beating lands Raj in the hospital of a prison camp, he meets David, a boy his own age. David is a refugee, one of a groups of Jewish exiles now indefinitely detained in Mauritius. When a massive storm on the island brings chaos and confusion to the camp, Raj is determined to help David escape."--Page 4 of cover
The earth and sky of Jacques Dorme : a novel by Andreï Makine( Book )

7 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and held by 599 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

- Dreams of My Russian Summers, the first book in the trilogy, was a national bestseller, both in hardcover and paperback, with over 225,000 combined copies sold.- The second book in the trilogy, Requiem for a Lost Empire, had been called a "powerful and compelling novel: shocking, harrowing, beautiful, and in many ways profound" (Washington Times).- This trilogy will surely be hailed as a contemporary War and Peace in years to come
Requiem for a lost empire by Andreï Makine( Book )

6 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and held by 598 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An ambitious complex epic that spans three generations of a family from Czarist times in Russia to the fall of Communism. A Graham Green-style thriller that opens up like a sinister Russian doll
Once upon the River Love by Andreï Makine( Book )

5 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and held by 587 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the immense virgin pine forests of Siberia, where the snows of winter are vast and endless, sits the little village of Svetlaya. In the early years of the century the village had been larger, more prosperous, but time and the pendulum of history had reduced it by the 1970s to no more than a cluster of izbas. As wars and revolution had succeeded one another, the men had gone away, never to return, the women reduced to dressing in black. But for three young men--the handsome young Alyosha, the crippled Utkin, and the older, dashing Samurai--little is needed to construct their own special universe. Despite the harshness of the environment and their meager resources, the three adolescents form a tight band of friendship and dream of another life, a world of passion and love. The warm lights of the Transsiberian train passing through give them fleeting glimpses of that other world. And when they learn one day that a Western film is being shown at the Red October Theatre in the closest real city, Nerlug, twenty miles away on the mighty Amur River, they trek for hours on snowshoes to see it. Through that film, starring the French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo and replete with gorgeous women whom he succeeds in seducing one after the other with consummate ease, the boys' lives are changed forever. Over the next several months they travel seventeen times to see their hero. And when that film is replaced by another that is equally daring and seductive, their obsession only grows. Written from the perspective of twenty years after these youthful events, Once Upon the River Love follows the destinies of these three young idealists up to the present day, to the boardwalks of Brighton Beach and the jungles of Central America
Confessions of a fallen standard-bearer by Andreï Makine( Book )

8 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in English and held by 490 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Young Pioneers march to the clarion call of socialism and the bright, beautiful future that is to come. This moving story tells of two families brought through war and all its carnage and horror. How the families try to piece together their shattered lives is touchingly and convincingly depicted by a master storyteller
The crime of Olga Arbyelina by Andreï Makine( Book )

8 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and held by 482 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A son drugs his mother so he can have sex with her. The woman, an exiled Russian princess in 1940s France, plays along, pretending to be unconscious, because the boy is a hemophiliac and will die soon. By the author of Dreams of My Russian Summers
Human love : a novel by Andreï Makine( Book )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and held by 455 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Elias Almeida, a self-declared "professional revolutionary", dreams of an Africa where independence and political change will also transform people into "better human beings." His escape and survival bring him in contact with a range of teachers and mentors, nurturing in him a mixture of Christian ethics and Marxist ideology. His training takes him from Angola to Cuba, the Soviet Union and back to his home country, where, he believes, he will fight for the realization of his vision of the future. His intentions to do the right thing are undermined by adverse circumstances
The life of an unknown man : a novel by Andreï Makine( Book )

5 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Shutov, a disenchanted writer, revisits St. Petersburg after twenty years of exile in Paris, hoping to recapture his youth. Instead, he meets Volsky, an old man who tells him his extraordinary story: of surviving the siege of Leningrad, the march on Berlin, and Stalin's purges, and of a transcendent love affair. Volsky's life is an inspiration to Shutov--because for all that he suffered, he knew great happiness. This depth of feeling stands in sharp contrast to the empty lives Shutov encounters in the new Russia, and to his own life, that of just another unknown man"--Page 4 of cover
Brief loves that live forever : a novel by Andreï Makine( Book )

4 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An orphan reflects on the unbreakable bond between love and freedom in the Soviet Union
A woman loved : a novel by Andreï Makine( Book )

6 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Young filmmaker Oleg Erdmann spends years writing a screenplay about the enigmatic Catherine the Great only to fail to capture the true essence of her. As the Soviet Union changes before him, new opportunities arise for him to bring her to life
A hero's daughter by Andreï Makine( Book )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Awarded the Soviet Union's highest military honor for his services during World War II, Ivan Dimitrovich Davidov watches his career dissolve into corrupt governnment practices and learns of the victimization of his former interpreter daughter, Olia
Adam Haberberg by Yasmina Reza( Book )

4 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In her second novel, the acclaimed author of "Desolation" paints a bitingly funny, lethally wise portrait of a hapless nonhero's big adventure--a story that revels in the tragicomedy of one man's mid-life crisis
Le sermon sur la chute de Rome : roman by Jérôme Ferrari( Book )

4 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The mysterious disappearance of Hayet, the manageress of the village bar, presents a conundrum for its owner, who cannot face a return to the days of late nights, lewd customers and greasy dishwater. A succession of would-be hosts and hostesses descend, with disastrous results, before Matthieu and Libero, childhood friends disillusioned with their philosophical studies, return to take up the reins. Initially they are successful, but as lustful, avaricious reality rudely intrudes on their idyll, they too are forced to concede, their senses befuddled by easy women and plentiful liquor, that all empires must inevitably crumble. Meanwhile, Matthieu's grandfather Marcel, who funded their enterprise, perhaps out of spite, still lingers on the island, his memories of the collapse of France's colonial empire still as fresh and bitter as the cancerous ulcers that must one day claim his life
Only connect-- : poets, painters, sculptors : friendships and shared passions 1924-1994 by W. J Strachan( Book )

4 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Monty Python at work : a behind-the-scenes account of the making of the TV and stage shows, films, books and albums by Michael Palin( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawn from his published diaries, this is Michael Palin's account of the making of the Monty Python TV and stage shows, films, books and albums. Monty Python at Work opens on 8th July 1969 with Michael Palin's diary entry for the first day of filming on the very first episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus. The diary entries that follow - up until the opening of their final feature film, The Meaning of Life, in 1983 - chart the tumultuous story of how the now famous shows and films were conceived and brought to fruition. Palin records the evolution of Monty Python's comic style, the moments of creative inspiration as well as discord, the persistent self-doubt, and the happy accidents that shaped what are now classic comedy moments. He captures too the group's many anarchic exploits (John Cleese in a bikini; driving a Budget Rent-a-Van up Glencoe in full chainmail; filming 'Scott of the Sahara' on the beach at Torquay - ), as well as their battles with BBC suits, budget-conscious film producers and self-appointed censors. Thanks to Palin's as-it-happened accounts, we are taken behind the scenes to watch with unrivalled intimacy the creative processes that led to the finished work, seeing how it was actually put together. By distilling everything about the Pythons at work, this edition of Palin's diaries serves as an intimate guide to the legendary shows, films, books and albums. It will delight Python fans everywhere, and be a source of instruction and inspiration to those who seek to follow in their footsteps
Where I left my soul by Jérôme Ferrari( Book )

3 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is 1957, the savage Algerian War rages on. Captain Andre Degorce is reunited with Lieutenant Horace Andreani, with whom he experienced the horrors of combat and imprisonment in Vietnam. Captives now pass from Degorce's hands into Andreani's: one-time victims have become torturers. Andreani has fully embraced his new status, but Degorce has lost all sense of himself. He only finds peace when he is with Tahar, a commander in the National Liberation Army who is held in a cell that now acts as a confessional, the jailor opening up to his prisoner
The mysterious merry-go-round by Lisa-Marie Blum( Book )

3 editions published in 1962 in English and German and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Music of a life : a novelThe woman who waited : a novelThe last brotherThe earth and sky of Jacques Dorme : a novelRequiem for a lost empireOnce upon the River LoveConfessions of a fallen standard-bearerThe crime of Olga Arbyelina