Dreams of My Russian Summers

Dreams of My Russian Summers

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Every summer, young Andrei visits his grandmother, Charlotte Lemmonier, whom he loves dearly. In a dusty village overlooking the vast Russian steppes, she captivates her grandson and the other children of the village with wondrous tales--watching Proust play tennis in Neuilly, Tsar Nicholas II's visit to Paris, French president Felix Faure dying in the arms of his mistress. But from his mysterious grandmother, Andrei also learns of a Russia he has never known: a country of famine and misery, brutal injustice, and the hopeless chaos of war.

Enthralled, he weaves her stories into his own secret universe of memory and dream. She creates for him a vivid portrait of the France of her childhood, a distant Atlantis far more elegant, carefree, and stimulating than Russia in the 1970s and '80s. Her warm, artful memories of her homeland and of books captivate Andrei. Absorbed in this vision, he becomes an outsider in his own country, and eventually a restless traveler around Europe. Dreams of My Russian Summers is an epic full of passion and tenderness, pain and heartbreak, mesmerizing in every way.
Publisher: New York : Scribner Paperback Fiction, 1998
Edition: 1st Scribner Fiction paperback ed
ISBN: 9781611450545
1611450543
9780684852683
0684852683
Characteristics: 241 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Strachan, Geoffrey

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WVMLStaffPicks Nov 13, 2014

This novel reads like a memoir, taking us back to "la belle epoque" in Paris, through the misery of the two great wars of our century, and into the struggle for daily existence in Communist Russia in the sixties and seventies. A young boy's haunting memories of his summers spent on the edge of the Russian steppes with his French grandmother are eloquently woven through her tales of the past. The winner of two prestigious French awards: Prix Goncourt and Prix Medicis.

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