The Kites [Hardcover]

Item : The Kites [Hardcover]
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Category : Books
Author Author : Gary, Romain
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0811226549
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780811226547
Publisher Publisher : New Directions
Pages Pages : 384
Binding Binding : Hardcover
Item ID : 100642284

Epic and empathetic.Hero of the French Resistance, diplomat, and two-time recipient of the Prix Goncourt under two different pen names, Gary examines the fates of young love, naivet?, and idealism in his final novel, set in France during World War II and being published in English for the first time...A rich and layered love story that begins in innocence and moves through hardship toward a broad humanity.Unbelievably, two-time Prix Goncourt winner Garys luminous last work is only now appearing in English, but it was worth the wait... Gary uses limpid, accessible language (deftly translated) to deliver certain truths: memory can ground us or blind us; imagination, perhaps even a bit of craziness, is essential for survival; and we cannot easily be divided into heroes and villains. Smart and wonderfully life-affirming.Gary handles the emotional tightrope of espionage and the brutal reality of battle with clarity and precision, all captured magnificently by Mouillots translation...This is a wonderful translation of a French classic.What emerges, overwhelmingly, is the sense that, in Garys hands, fiction itself is a form of resistance.Just before he killed himself, Gary published his last novel  and one of his best  The Kites, which has never before appeared in English but has now been given a stylish translation by Miranda Richmond Mouillot.To figure out who Gary was and how he arrived at his intricate marriage of absurdist comedy and humane instruction, you have to turn to that memoir, Promise at Dawn, a matchlessly entertaining and psychologically persuasive book.[A] hugely enjoyable read...Romain Gary has created a gallery of heroes who are willing to die for liberty but have to settle for the lesser victory of self-knowledge.Most delicious and extraordinary.What a gold mine!

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