> Skip to content
About the book
  • Published: 18 November 2015
  • ISBN: 9781846148217
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $19.99

Limonov


Formats & editions


Limonov is not a fictional character, but he could have been. He's lived a hundred lives. He was a hoodlum in Ukraine, an idol of the Soviet underground, punk-poet and valet to a billionaire in Manhattan, fashion writer in Paris, lost soldier in the Balkans, and now, in the chaos after the fall of communism a charismatic party leader of a gang of political desperados.

'Limonov was a rogue; a bum; a fashionable writer in Paris; a lost soldier in the Balkan wars; and now, in the chaotic ruins of postcommunist Russia, the charismatic leader of a party of young desperados. He sees himself as a hero; you might call him a scumbag . . . ' 

'Brilliant, exhilarating.' Rosamund Bartlett, Daily Telegraph

'Emmanuel Carrère has found a perfect subject in Edward Limonov, the self-described Johnny Rotten of Soviet dissident writers . . . a galloping, picaresque gonzo biography.' Rachel Donadio, The New York Times

'Completely riveting, immediately hooks the reader . . . It's been a spectacular roller-coaster life, and Emmanuel Carrère has turned it into an equally spectacular book.'  Michael Dirda, Washington Post

'Electrifying.' The New Yorker

  • Pub date: 18 November 2015
  • ISBN: 9781846148217
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Emmanuel Carrère

Emmanuel Carrère, novelist, filmmaker, journalist, and biographer, is the award-winning internationally renowned author of The Adversary (a Sunday Times bestseller and New York Times Notable Book, translated into twenty-three languages), Lives Other Than My Own, My Life as a Russian Novel, Class Trip, Limonov (winner of the 2011 Prix Renaudot), The Mustache and, most recently, The Kingdom.

Also by Emmanuel Carrère

See all

Related titles