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Femeia care aşteapta

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  641 Ratings  ·  66 Reviews
Andrei Makine completeaza prin cel mai recent roman al sau portretul Rusiei natale. Naratorul, plecat in regiunea Arhanghelsk, pe malul Marii Albe, pentru un reportaj despre obiceiurile locale, spera sa afle acolo un concentrat caricatural al epocii sovietice. Se trezeste insa proiectat intr-un tinut atemporal, plin de amintiri si de rituri de neinteles. Nu in ultimul rind ...more
Paperback, 214 pages
Published 2005 by Polirom (first published January 2nd 2004)
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Friederike Knabe
Nov 24, 2008 Friederike Knabe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ce-europe
"A woman, so intensely destined for happiness... refusing instead to love" characterizes Vera. She's a mysterious, strikingly attractive woman who captures the mind and heart of the young nameless narrator of this delicate, reflective love story that enchants the reader. Since age sixteen, Vera has been waiting faithfully for three decades for her soldier fiancé to return, living alone in an isolated northern Siberian village close to the White Sea. Andrei Makine is a master in exploring charact ...more
It's unfortunate that this book was such a poor fit for me (isn't that cover absolutely gorgeous?). The premise seemed so interesting - a woman in a tiny village in Russia has been waiting for her soldier to return from WWII for 30 years. A much younger man (our narrator who never tells us his name) goes to live in the village, to meet her, learn about her story and to write an article about the culture and customs left among the old widows there. You get a taste of modernish Russian history (60 ...more
Макин явно има склонност да запраща героите си отвъд пределите на познатата ни цивилизация, за да изстиска от тях чувства и характеристики, които иначе няма как да бъдат проявени.
В "Жената, която чакаше" историята се отличава с проста фабула - млад журналист, който едновременно се гордее с университетсткото си образование и принадлежността към десидентски среди, но и ги презира; попада в малко руско село, в отдалечена, северна част. Бягайки от поквареността на демократичните прояви, към които у
Dec 02, 2012 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Someone described this book - "you can read it in a lunch hour but it will stay with you for a lifetime". I'd need a longer lunch than I currently get but it was quite a short book at 180 pages. The images that this book created will definately linger. Wonderful dreamy, atmospheric novel set in a Russian village where only old women survive after the war. A young man arrives in this village intending to stay for a short while only but becomes obsessed with the local teacher, the woman in the tit ...more
Apr 25, 2008 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This short novel creates one of the most evocative women characters I have encountered in a long time. But the key to the book is the story's narration by a 26-year-old self-styled Russian dissident, who becomes captivated by the woman and who reacts to her in a way that is uttery faithful to his age and immaturity. In the end, she surprises him, humbles him and makes their encounter utterly memorable.

When the narrator leaves his dissolute artists' community in Leningrad to spend time in Siberia
Ilyhana Kennedy
Apr 17, 2013 Ilyhana Kennedy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah, the pleasure of reading a work that is so beautifully written. This is an elegant book skilfully crafted and credit must surely be due to the translator as well as the author.
Yes, it's easy to predict how the woman Vera will behave, but I doubt that that's the point. The story is not so much about the woman, but about what goes on in the mind and being of the young man who is telling the story. And on reflection, I cannot recall his name and wonder if it was actually given.
Set against the de
Dec 19, 2007 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A word portrait of a woman in a small town in northern Russia who makes certain choices after hearing her teenage love is killed in the last days of WWII. Like his other books, then facts aren’t all that you think they are, and you have to rethink your notion of what is true. I didn’t really understand the narrator and his motives all that well, which I why I didn't rate it higher.
Apr 02, 2013 Nina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Типичен руски стил, описателен, красив, наляга те мъка... Авторът разказва за срещата си с една жена, която тридесет години чака годеника си, заминал на война. Изящен език, прелестни природни картини. Книгата ми беше носталгична, героите - горди и с едно вече почти изчезнало достойнство - "Без да обвиняват никого. Без да се жалват."
Czarny Pies
Jun 03, 2016 Czarny Pies rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french-lit
Ce roman nous rappelle qu'il y a deux sortes de victimes de la guerre; à-savoir ceux qui meurent et les survivants qui ne peuvent que faire le deuil.
Sep 15, 2015 Siv30 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russian
התלבטתי רבות באשר לכתיבה על הספר "האישה שחיכתה". לא התלהבתי מהספר וחשבתי שהוא לא מהודק כמ שצריך ב- 159 עמ` שהוא כולל.

מלכתחילה, הספר קומם אותי כי באיצטלה של רומאן ומבלי אפילו לנסות ולקשור בין שני חלקי העלילה, כרבע מהספר משמש מנוף למסירת דעותיו הפוליטיות של מאקין, נגד המהלכים של המחתרת האינטלקטואלית הרוסית, נגד המשטר הרוסי ובכלל אפשר להעמיד זאת כ-נגד ההויה והתרבות הרוסית.

לא שזה כל כך גרוע, אבל אין לזה שום קשר ל"אישה שחיכתה" ומבחינתי הספר יכל להתחיל פחות או יותר מעמ` 35.

אחר כך, ואני ממש זהירה במילו
Diane Ramirez
Sep 04, 2009 Diane Ramirez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was written beautifully but had an ugly story. How uncomfortable to look down on, laugh at, the absolutist narrator, who kept trying and failing to know the world around him, especially the woman in the title, and then *bam* realize how like him I am. I kept thinking: what an awful person, placing others into his own (always wrong) easy tropes, assuming their inner thoughts, their motivations, "knowing" and even dreading their next move. I found his this tension relevant on a number of leve ...more
O.R. Melling
Apr 07, 2014 O.R. Melling rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't remember the last time I envied a writer his or her skill, but every sentence of this book is a work of art. The Russian author, exquisitely translated from original French, claims that literature is about "how" not "what." I don't agree with this theory - I'd prefer not to read a beautiful corpus, all dressed up and with nothing to say - but that's irrelevant here as the "what" of his work is as wonderful as the how. I cared about his characters, about Russia's personal history, and mos ...more
Rosetta Allan
May 01, 2015 Rosetta Allan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An absolutely beautifully written story that carried me through at it's own pace, not mine, made me slow my steps and look around, though there was in fact so very little actually happening.
George Thomas
Jun 11, 2013 George Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read many of Makine’s novels and it is obvious from his beautiful descriptive passages especially describing the countryside, and his characters that he is following in the tradition of the great Russian authors steeped in what is known as “the Russian Soul”. This term has been used in literature to describe Russian spirituality and the writings of many Russian writers such as Gogol, Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky offer descriptions of the Russian soul.
The Russian word "душа" (dushá), is most cl
Lee  Adams
If ever there was a 'Vera' in your life this book will move you.
Mar 30, 2012 Amandine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4,5 étoiles.

Lorsque j’ai choisi ce titre d’Andreï Makine avec Métaphore pour notre lecture commune mensuelle, je ne m’attendais pas à être aussi agréablement surprise : j’avais gardé un souvenir flou de La musique d’une vie et peu d’envie de découvrir le reste de l’œuvre de cet auteur. Je ne me suis heureusement pas obstinée dans cette attitude et ai été charmée par cette Femme qui attendait.

Le style tout particulièrement m’a semblé plus travaillé et mieux déployé dans de magnifiques descriptio
Marcel Uhrin
Jan 14, 2017 Marcel Uhrin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library
Útla knižka o láske ale aj o ťažkostiach života niekde na severe sovietskej Sibíri. Trochu aj o vojne ale hlavne o milujúcej žene, ktorá trpezlivo čaká na svojho muža, aby splnila sľub, daný koncom vojny vo veľmi mladom veku. O žene, ktorá v tom neznesiteľnom čakaní, počas ktorého starne obklopená ešte staršími ženami (lebo však muži vo vojne vymreli), odoláva mladému umelcovi. Ten, unavený búrlivým ale zároveň bezvýchodiskovým životom umeleckých disidentov sovietskych veľkomiest v západnej čast ...more
May 25, 2015 Kerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russia
Vera, the woman of the title of this book, is akin to Charlotte, the grandmother from Dreams of My Russian Summers : a woman no longer youthful, living in the fog of the past, "on hold" and clinging to memories that make the days tick by like a metronome.

However, Vera's tale is different in that the narrator is a man when he meets her, and her story is reflected in the way he pieces it together from information that he gathers from other people, his observations, and his reading of her psychol
Sherry Evans
Jun 16, 2008 Sherry Evans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From Publishers Weekly
A sensuously styled, elegiac tale set in the mid-1970s, Makine's latest opens a window onto a generation of post-WWII Russian widows through one mysterious woman's vigil. In the village of Mirnoe on the northern White Sea coast, a young male journalist researching local customs meets an intriguing woman who has waited 30 years for her fiancé, reported killed, to return from the war. Just 16 when her lover was conscripted, Vera devotes herself selflessly to the care of
The Woman Who Waited takes place in a remote Russian village that has been all but abandoned in the years following WWII. With all the men having gone off to war and the younger people having long ago fled for better lives, the town is made up almost exclusively of elderly women - and one younger one who has stayed to look after them. The tale is that her sweetheart swore he would come back for her, and that she's still waiting for him to come back - thirty years later. A young man half her age ...more
Mar 19, 2014 metaphor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: andrei-makine
In reality, it all happened differently The minute-by-minute reconstruction, the timed storyline of that night of cowardice was put together much later, in those moments of painful honesty when we meet our own gaze, one more pitiless than either the scorn of others or the judgement of heaven. This gaze aims straight and shoots to kill [...] In reality, that is all there was: fear, the icy logs against my chest, the endless wait a few steps away from the shaft of light as it sliced up the muddy p ...more
Kris McCracken
A lovely little novel in which our narrator constantly ties himself in knots trying to understand a woman (Vera) he meets in a small town in the remote north of the Soviet Union. An 'intellectual' and 'artist' - albeit with enough self-awareness to know his own absurdity - his observation turns into an obsession to know the unknowable.

Makine writes very well, and this is another book that is rich in symbolism and the author uses the natural and isolated beauty of the north well. The central feat
Mar 04, 2014 Elisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novellas
Vera [La Femme qui attendait] on venäläis-ranskalaisen kirjailijan järjestyksessä seitsemäs suomennettu teos, jonka jälkeen on ilmeisesti suomennettu vielä kolme. Juuri tämän tahdoin lukea kiinnostavalta kuulostavan juonen ja slaavilais-nostalgiseksi kehutun tunnelman takia, enkä lainkaan pettynyt.

Kirjassa eletään 70-luvun puoliväliä ja Vienanmeren rannalla sijaitsevan pienen kylän ilmapiiri on kiireetön ja kaihoisa. Teos on nopealukuinen siinä mielessä, että se on kooltaan lähinnä pienoisromaa
Patricia Bracewell
Jul 26, 2012 Patricia Bracewell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary
Makai's language is beautiful. Some of that praise must, I think, go to the translator, from the French.

This is an interior story, told from the perspective of a young man of 26 who is self-centered, smug and totally clueless about the realities of life and death. It is told as a memoir, so we have the reflective narrator looking back at his youthful self with the advantage of hindsight. Nothing much happens, but the setting and the characters are portrayed in such gorgeous language that the rea
Juliana Es
Nov 03, 2013 Juliana Es rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, 2014
Started reading in 2013, finished reading in January 2014.

Why so slow? Reading any Andrei Makine's work is like enjoying a full four-course meal; you don't rush it to enjoy the taste. The same goes here, especially with such a novel as this one where it has less dialogue but more descriptive parts.

This novel is not nearly as enjoyable as Le Testament Francais, or Music of A Life (which is not even a fair comparison since the latter is a shorter novel). However if you are into Andrei Makine, then
Juan Hidalgo
Oct 04, 2014 Juan Hidalgo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro peculiar que retrata muy bien una región rural de la URSS en los años 70, a medio camino entre el fin del stalinismo y la cercana caída del comunismo (cuando éste aún no se adivinaba).

El autor consigue impregnar su historia del romanticismo y la poesía que eran propias de algunos escritores de principios del siglo pasado, en un relato amoroso que termina con un final inesperado para cada uno de sus dos protagonistas principales, y que también muestra claramente las elucubraciones mental
Jun 07, 2014 Fiona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french, russian
Ahh, this one snuck up on me the way all Makine novels seem to do. It's a wonderful deconstruction of the self-centredness of our twenties when, with a few years of adulthood under our belts, we begin to project our clumsy assumptions onto others so assuredly. This book is beautiful in its narrative simplicity, allowing for the smallest of gestures to take on the deepest of meanings. It is elegantly rendered and , as with all of Makine's works, filled with a muted, constant, and overhwelming sen ...more
Rhona Arthur
Aug 15, 2015 Rhona Arthur rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly intriguing characters; both the narrator and Vera - the woman who waited. It is beautifully crafted and eloquently related tale of intense devotion. I'm always fascinated but the lure of translated works which offer the reader a chance to experience not only the sense of place and different cultures, but also the strange sense of experiencing linguistic description from another perspective. Well worth seeking this little treasure out!
pat tas, ka šī grāmata ir tikai 150 lappušu gara, nespēj mani mierināt un pamest to kaut kur ap 50. Tik garlaicīgu stāstu es nebiju gaidījusi.
EDIT: grāmata ir izlasīta. Baigi putrainais franču romāns. Tā kā man nebija vēlēšanās iedziļināties garajos aprakstos, viegli pāršļūcu pāri, tādēļ detaļas īsti neuztvēru. Varbūt der mierīgam vakaram, kad nenāk miegs, bet negribas baigi iespringt uz garajiem gabaliem.
A young 16 year girl waits for her boyfriend who left with the last batch of Russian recruits off to fight Germany in WWII. 30 years later she still is waiting for his return.

A young writer enters her village and as hard as he can he cannot seem to define her.

As usual in Makine books there is richness in the language and much use of symbology. A book to read slowly and as it is short it is a small price to pay for the rewards his writing brings.
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Andreï Makine was born in Krasnoyarsk, Soviet Union on 10 September 1957 and grew up in city of Penza, a provincial town about 440 miles south-east of Moscow. As a boy, having acquired familiarity with France and its language from his French-born grandmother (it is not certain whether Makine had a French grandmother; in later interviews he claimed to have learnt French from a friend), he wrote poe ...more
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