Reviews

  • He's the best kind of writer, not just a bestseller but a man who is not afraid to leave the comfort zone of his desk, go out into the world, take risks, and get his shoes dirty ... His "non-fiction novel", Limonov, has two explicit modes - part adventure story, part cultural-historical analysis ... it is about Carrère's exploration of himself, his Russian heritage, and what it means to be a European after the second world war, especially since the end of the cold war

    Robert McCrum, Observer
  • I loved Limonov by Emmanuel Carrère, which happens to be a book about a Russian guy. Like all of Carrère's work it's a sort of masterclass in creative writing

    William Leith, Books of the Year, Evening Standard
  • Carrère covers a lot of ground with cool honesty and careful humanity

    Sally Singer, Book of the Year, New York Times
  • A beguiling writer . . . Graceful and important

    John Freeman, NPR
  • You might not have heard of [Limonov], and after you have read this you might wish you had not heard of him, but you will certainly have enjoyed reading about his life, thanks to the verve of Emmanuel Carrère's exhilarating narration. You will probably also understand considerably more about the country that produced such a narcissistic and controversial figure, whom the author finds alluring and repellent in equal measure . . . Carrère has seized on Limonov's projection of himself as a literary hero (or anti-hero) straight out of the pages of Dostoyevsky, Celine, or Henry Miller, and run with it

    Rosamund Bartlett, Independent
  • This is an extraordinary, fantastic book about an extraordinary, fantastic life. It's billed as a novel, can be read as a novel and would be a good novel if Eduard Limonov had never existed. But he does . . . you will learn an awful lot about Russia now and in the days of the Soviets

    Allan Massie, Scotsman
  • Russia, they say, cannot be understood with the mind alone, and neither can her looniest son to date, Edichka Limonov. It also takes a heart, a spleen, a liver and this beautiful book by France's greatest writer, Emmanuel Carrère. Get ready for the last real adventure of the 20th Century!

    Gary Shteyngart, author of Little Failure
  • To paraphrase Calvino, Emmanuel Carrèrre's Limonov is a book about two things: Limonov, and everything else ... This virtuosically unclassifiable thing is somehow at once the liveliest of novels, the most illuminating of biographies, and the most consequential of philosophical inquiries - a loopy, hilarious, gut-punching quest after the shifting spirits of war, loyalty, discipline, pity, empathy, scorn, vitality, honor, ego, and, above all, the heroism of decency

    Gideon Lewis-Kraus, author of A Sense of Direction
  • There are few great writers in France today, and Emmanuel Carrère is one of them

    Paris Review