Allan Massie

Back in the USSR

The Earth And Sky Of Jacques Dorme

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Andreï Makine’s first novels sold badly, only a few hundred copies apiece. Then he wrote Le Testament Français, which won the Prix Goncourt and became an international success. It was, to offer a simple account of an intricate novel, the story of a Frenchwoman caught up in the Soviet Union, surviving its brutal history, and instilling in the narrator, her grandson, a love, indeed longing, for French culture, so that eventually he leaves the Soviet Union and becomes a French novelist.

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