Neil Cornwell

in Odoevsky's Four Pathways into Modern Fiction

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780719082092
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702062 | DOI:

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This chapter looks briefly at some of the ‘pathways’ within, and to, a fairly recent prizewinning novel, published in 1995 and written by a Russian, Andreï Makine, who writes only in French and has been resident in France since 1987. A curiously bi-cultural novel, of a pseudo-autobiographical nature, Le Testament français contains at least traces of the pathways explored in the present study. It also includes, of course, striking features of its own, such as waves which stem from war literature, or from what people might designate the fiction of sadomasochism. Post-war provincial Soviet life doubles, and alternates, with the Paris of la belle époque and an aspiration to revel in and revive a fin de siècle style of French prose. In diverse ways, France links with Russia, as does Siberia with Cherbourg.

Keywords: pseudo-autobiography; Andreï Makine; France; Le Testament français; war literature; sadomasochism

Chapter.  1148 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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