The Earth and Sky of Jacques Dorme, Paperback

The Earth and Sky of Jacques Dorme Paperback


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 which 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 humour, sensuousness and great lyricism.




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