Dreams of My Russian Summers: A Novel

Dreams of My Russian Summers: A Novel


Every summer time, younger Andrei visits his grandmother, Charlotte Lemmonier, whom he loves dearly. In a dusty village overlooking the giant Russian steppes, she captivates her grandson and the opposite youngsters of the village with wondrous tales—watching Proust play tennis in Neuilly, Tsar Nicholas II’s stopover at to Paris, French president Felix Faure loss of life within the palms of his mistress. yet from his mysterious grandmother, Andrei additionally learns of a Russia he hasn't ever identified: a rustic of famine and distress, brutal injustice, and the hopeless chaos of war.

Enthralled, he weaves her tales into his personal mystery universe of reminiscence and dream. She creates for him a shiny portrait of the France of her youth, Atlantis way more based, carefree, and stimulating than Russia within the Seventies and ‘80s. Her hot, crafty thoughts of her place of origin and of books captivate Andrei. Absorbed during this imaginative and prescient, he turns into an interloper in his personal state, and at last a stressed vacationer round Europe. Dreams of My Russian Summers is an epic choked with ardour and tenderness, ache and heartbreak, enchanting in each way.

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