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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 192 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 02/01/2006
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780340831267