Madame Bovary, c’est moi – an interview with Andreï Makine

September 1, 2008 § Leave a comment

An interview I did this summer with Russian author Andreï Makine has been published by 3am Magazine.

It’s said that on his death in 1982, Leonid Brezhnev, leader of the Soviet Union, was so obese that his body fell through the bottom of the wooden coffin meant to contain him. Reassigned to a metal casket, a final indignity still awaited at his graveside by the Kremlin walls. The pallbearers lowering him down on ropes proved unable to cope with the weight. The coffin slipped, clunked off the grave’s edge, then disappeared into the hole with a loud crash. More here…

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