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The Earth and Sky of Jacques Dorme: A Novel

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With this novel, Andreï Makine, whose work has been compared to that of Balzac, Chekhov, Pasternak, and Proust, brings to a stunning conclusion his epic trilogy that began with Dreams of My Russian Summers and continued with Requiem for a Lost Empire.

The novel opens in 1942, in a burning, gutted Stalingrad, where the German and Russian armies are locked in a struggle to the death. Amid these ruins, a French pilot and a nurse, also French, are engaged in a passionate affair ...

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Overview


With this novel, Andreï Makine, whose work has been compared to that of Balzac, Chekhov, Pasternak, and Proust, brings to a stunning conclusion his epic trilogy that began with Dreams of My Russian Summers and continued with Requiem for a Lost Empire.

The novel opens in 1942, in a burning, gutted Stalingrad, where the German and Russian armies are locked in a struggle to the death. Amid these ruins, a French pilot and a nurse, also French, are engaged in a passionate affair that each knows will be hopelessly brief. The pilot, Jacques Dorme, was shot down two years earlier. Imprisoned and sent east to a German POW camp, Dorme made a daring escape and crossed Germany stealthily by night until he arrived in an already devastated Russia, where, having proved his mettle as a pilot, he joined a Russian squadron stationed near Stalingrad. But during the brief time they have together there, the love between Dorme and Alexandra builds and blossoms into a relationship they both know comes but once in a lifetime.

Several decades later, the narrator—a Russian exiled in France, a war orphan haunted by his dark childhood and obsessively searching for his roots—travels back to his native land, where in the icy and treacherous wastelands of Siberia he attempts to discover how his life and that of Jacques Dorme are inextricably intertwined.

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“Makine’s unfettered romanticism is refreshing.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611458039
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/9/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Andreï Makine was born in Russia in 1957 and emigrated to France in 1987. In 1995 his novel Dreams of My Russian Summers won the Goncourt Prize and the Médicis Prize, France’s two most prestigious literary awards.

Geoffey Strachan has translated works from French and German in a wide variety of fields, including all the novels of Andreï Makine. He has been awarded both the Scott Moncrieff Prize and the Schlegel-Treck Prize.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

    Highly recommend

    I have loved everything I've read by Andrei Makine--his images are unforgettable and the characters are brilliant and compassionately evoked. I almost hesitate to call Makine's writing style romantic, because it may give people the wrong impression, but I don't mean romantic necessarily like a candlelit night, but romantic like containing strong emotions and artistic, poetic language. Beautiful writing style!

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    Posted October 8, 2014

    Rebel

    She walked in and bought a frappe

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

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    You read my post, right? Anyone who stes foot in dorm is SHREDDED?!

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