The Earth And Sky Of Jacques Dorme, Andrei Makine
Andrei Makine

The Earth And Sky Of Jacques Dorme

178 printed pages
The acclaimed author of Dreams of My Russian Summers and Requiem for a Lost Empire delivers the final novel in his epic literary trilogy.
In present-day France, a Russian writer recalls his harsh childhood at a Stalingrad orphanage in the 1960s and the old Frenchwoman, a family friend, whose tales fed his dreams of a better world. One story in particular has stayed with him: that of her brief, passionate affair, during World War II, with the French fighter pilot Jacques Dorme, who subsequently died in a plane crash in the Siberian mountains. So the narrator decides to retrace Jacques Dorme’s steps, beginning a journey that leads him not only to revisit the land of his birth, but also to see his adopted homeland in an unflattering new light. A profound and moving novel about the dangers of ideology and of war, delivered with humor, sensuousness, and great lyricism.
“This isn’t a book that will remind you of any other book. Its charm lies precisely in its originality, in Makine’s unexpected metaphors, and in his unusual prose, which . . . beautifully illuminates his deep, intuitive knowledge of two very different, very ancient, very damaged cultures.” —The Washington Post
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