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Le Testament Francais Paperback – 16 Oct 1997

3.9 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sceptre; New edition edition (16 Oct. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034068206X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340682067
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.8 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 630,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A superb novel about fantasy and reality ... It is Makine's achievement to convey the essential, with economy, grace and beauty (Scotsman)

'The first book ever to win both the Prix Goncourt and the Prix Médicis, and it deserves them ... an astounding book ...
Great literature, necessary and profound ... we inhabit the narrator's mind more intensely than any boy's mind since Marcel's in A le recherche du temps perdu''
Carole Angier, Independent



'Le Testament Français is the story of a boy's awakening in two parallel worlds: the Soviet Union of the Stalinist era and a mysterious, Atlantis-like country, created by a near-alchemical process from old photographs and newspaper clippings, and the memories and anecdotes his grandmother tells on the long Siberian nights of the school holidays. The grandmother, Charlotte, is a woman of French origins. She is a natural storyteller whose imagination has helped her survive, like Scheherazade, through difficult times ... 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 ... We inhabit the narrator's mind more intensely than any boy's mind since Marcel's in a A LA RECHERCHE DU TEMPS PERDU (Independent)

'Once in a while, there comes a book that captivates critics and public alike. Andreï Makine's autobiographical novel is such a book ... Its subtle blend of memory and imagination is reminiscent of Proust ... But in its broad sweep and mystical vision, Le Testament Français belongs to the tradition of the 19th-century Russian novelists'
Susha Guppy, Independent on Sunday



He communicates brilliantly the exquisite agony of nostalgia (Literary Review)

'He communicates brilliantly the exquisite agony of nostalgia'
Frances Welch, 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)

'Superb ... one of the many fascinating facets of this sad, beautiful, old-world novel, which has echoes of Alain-Fournier's Le Grand Meaulnes, is its merging of contemporary French fiction with the 19th-century Russian novel'
Eileen Battersby, Irish Times



'Beautifully written ... a deceptively profound novel. Makine's wonderful economy of image and phrase convey far more than one could think possible about the turbulent Russian soul'
Antony Beevor, Daily Telegraph

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The first novel to win both the Prix Goncourt and Prix Médicis, by a Russian emigré - a stunning tale of a Soviet boy's love affair with the West, as portrayed by his enigmatic French grandmother.

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