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Le Testament Francais

Andrei Makine, Andrei Makine

4 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Historical fiction, Fiction in translation

The first novel to win both the Prix Goncourt and Prix Medicis.

Locked behind the Iron Curtain, a young boy grows up bewitched by his French grandmother's memories of Paris before the Great War. Yet despite what he also learns of her suffering in the Soviet Union under Stalin and during the Second World War, as an adolescent he finds himself proud to be a Russian. Torn between the two cultures, he eventually makes a choice - which has a wholly unexpected outcome.

Capturing the powerful allure of illusion, this unforgettable novel traces a sentimental and intellectual journey that embraces the dramatic history of the twentieth century.

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Praise for Le Testament Francais

  • A superb novel about fantasy and reality...It is Makine's achievement to convey the essential, with economy, grace and beauty - Scotsman

  • Great literature, necessary and profound - Independent

  • He communicates brilliantly the exquisite agony of nostalgia - Literary Review

  • Beautifully written...A deceptively profound novel. Makine's wonderful economy of image and phrase convey far more than one could think possible about the Russian soul - Daily Telegraph

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Andrei Makine

Andrei Makine was born in Siberia, but writes his novels in French. Le Testament Fran ais was the winner of the Prix Goncourt and the Prix Medici, and the first novel to win both of these prestigious awards.

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