(From the publisher):
A love story. A brief encounter, set in the gutted, burning Stalingrad in May 1942. Earlier, Jacques Dorme, a French fighter pilot had been shot down in a dog fight against the German invaders of France in June 1940. Made prisoner and sent east to a POW camp, Dorme escapes and makes his way through a devastated Russia where, ultimately, he joins a Russian squadron. At Stalingrad, Dorme meets and falls madly in love with a nurse, also French. Amid the ruins, their love blossoms, cut short by Dorme’s 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, Dorme, in a heroic move to save his fellow pilots, crashes into an ice-covered peak.
Several decades later, the narrator, a Russian exiled in France, a war orphan haunted by his dark childhood and obsessively searching for his roots, travels back to his native land, where he discovers how his life and that of Jacques Dorme are inextricably intertwined.
Original title: La terre et le ciel de Jacques Dorme
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ World War II→ General