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Human Love by Andrei Makine
Human Love tells the story of Elias Almeida, an Angolan who grew up in the 1960s and whose father was a freedom fighter and his mother forced into prostitution before she was murdered. Elias follows his father's footsteps and becomes a revolutionary, fighting for rebel armies provisioned and advised by the Soviets. He's sent to Moscow to be trained by the KGB where he meets Anna, a Siberian woman who captures his heart. When he's sent back to Africa, Elias fights for an ideal that is repeatedly corrupted by the same greed for money and power that has undone his homeland time and again. His longing for Anna is the incentive that keeps pushing him forward. Andrei Makine's novel has received positive reviews with The Observer saying, "Human Love is a beautiful, haunting fugue that carries the weight of decades of suffering on a continent that the West prefers to romanticise or ignore."