The Earth and Sky of Jacques Dorme
3.62/5 by 246 users

The Earth and Sky of Jacques Dorme


The touching finale to the epic trilogy that began with Dreams of My Russian Summers, by the man whose work has been compared to that of Chekhov and Proust.

A love story. A brief encounter, set in the gutted, burning Stalingrad of May 1942. Earlier, Jacques Dorme, a French fighter pilot, had been shot down in a dogfight against the German invaders of France in June 1940. Made prisoner and sent east to a POW camp, Dorme escapes and makes his way to a devastated Russia where, ultimately, he joins a Russian squadron. At Stalingrad, Dorme meets and falls madly in love with a nurse. Amid the ruins, their love blossoms but is cut short by Dorme's sudden departure for Siberia, where he ferries American planes brought in from Alaska for the Soviet air force. Crossing the polar sky on New Year's Eve 1944, in a heroic move to save his fellow pilots, Dorme crashes into an ice-covered peak.

Decades later, the narrator, a Russian war orphan exiled in France, haunted by his harrowing childhood and obsessively searching for his roots, travels back to his native land, where he discovers his life and that of Jacques Dorme are inextricably intertwined.

Title:The Earth and Sky of Jacques Dorme
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:216 pages

    The Earth and Sky of Jacques Dorme Reviews

  • tooliepanna
    Apr 05, 2017

    Książki Makine sa dla mnie jak XIX-wieczne obrazy. Słowo, impresja obrazu, nastroj, emocje - wszystko to równie ważne, budujące wyjątkową całość. Przeczytałam kilka książek Makine, ale c...

  • Zuberino
    Sep 03, 2015

    আনদরে মাকিন-কে নিয়ে সমসযায় পড়ে গেলাম। ছাতরাবসথায় পড়া তার Confessions of a Fallen Standard-Bearer খুব...

  • Thomas Andrikus
    Dec 25, 2015

    The story is about a Russian kid in the 1960s who was told a fleeting love story by her French adoptive grandma figure, Alexandra, of her love story with another French soldier, Jacques Dorme, who got...

  • Malcolm
    Jul 31, 2012

    There is a lot going on in this slim deceptively simple looking book. At its heart is a week long romance between a French nurse and French pilot in a small village east of Stalingrad in 1942; a roman...

  • Andrew
    Jun 18, 2007

    this review first appeared on []this was a brilliant book. a novel written by a russian emigre to france. it tells the story (in first person) of a russian orphan who spe...

  • Gracia
    Feb 23, 2010

    Travel from World War II to the post-Soviet era, and when finished earmark this book for a reread.A taste, a small taste... "That evening at the end of March it stayed light for a long time; we could ...

  • Naomi
    Dec 28, 2007

    Makine's interrogation of exile, death and authorship does not deal in answers or explanations. I was totally absorbed in the remote setting, the doomed love affair, the desperate search for the wreck...

  • Francois
    Aug 04, 2011

    Le troisième et dernier de la trilogie de Makine sur la langue française et la Russie... le moins bon des trois... roman plus personnel que les autres qui reste quand même intéressant si on a lu l...

  • Linda Amos
    Jan 16, 2015


  • Susan
    May 06, 2016

    As always beautifully written. I stopped and started too much when reading and that spoils it's flow. Vivid descriptive writing....

About Andreï Makine

Andreï Makine

Andreï Makine was born in Krasnoyarsk, Soviet Union on 10 September 1957 and grew up in city of Penza, a provincial town about 440 miles south-east of Moscow. As a boy, having acquired familiarity with France and its language from his French-born grandmother (it is not certain whether Makine had a French grandmother; in later interviews he claimed to have learnt French from a friend), he wrote poe