Russian novelist's haunting and beautiful finale to trilogy

The Earth and Sky of Jacques Dorme, by Andrei Makine, Sceptre, €24.45.

16th April, 2005

The Earth and Sky of Jacques Dorme, by Andrei Makine, Sceptre, €24.45.

A French World War II fighter pilot has a brief affair with an exiled Frenchwoman, Charlotte, then crashes to his death in mysterious circumstances in the Siberian mountains.

A Russian child grows up in an orphanage in the 1960s as Brezhnev's regime crumbles. He has lost his parents in a communist purge, but is allowed occasional visits to Charlotte, an old family friend.

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