Against a Crimson Sky (2nd Edition) (Poland Trilogy, Book 2) by James Conroyd Martin

By James Conroyd Martin

A powerful epic, opposed to A red SKY is an unforgettable story of affection, valor, and the iconic energy of the human spirit, set opposed to the backdrop of war-torn Poland on the cusp of the 19th century.

The yr is 1794, and the attractive and resilient Countess Anna Maria Berezowska has narrowly escaped demise amidst the chaos as a result of the violent dissolution of Poland. Anna is quickly reunited together with her longtime love, Lord Jan Stelnicki, and the 2 fanatics marry while their liked kingdom is ripped aside. because the couple struggles to elevate a family members within the face of an doubtful destiny, Anna's capricious cousin Zofia returns with a shock of her personal. even though Zofia's previous schemes nonetheless resonate, Anna's doubts flip to worry as Jan's patriotism attracts him to the battlefield.

Offering new wish for a conquered Poland, Napoléon Bonaparte arrives in all of his pomp and glory. due to new Polish legions~Anna's family and friends between them~Napoléon battles his means throughout Europe an attempt that culminates within the march into Moscow and the following doomed iciness retreat.

Against this backdrop, Anna and Jan valiantly struggle to carry directly to a tenuous happiness, their state, and their very lives.

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Mon souvenir est le suivant : dès que la deuxième gorgée de cette vodka très parfumée eut coulé dans mes veines (on ne peut dire autrement pour la vodka), toutes les incertitudes et les errements du visiteur étranger furent balayés. Je crus pénétrer au cœur de la turbulente et lyrique âme russe qui m’avait été révélée par mes lectures adolescentes (Tolstoï, Tourgueniev, Lermontov, Gontcharov, Gogol, Dostoïevski, Babel, et surtout Tchékhov – mon petit dieu tutélaire), oui, ces simples verres de vodka, dissipant mon désabusement premier, avaient réussi de façon à vrai dire télépathique (mais ne disait-on pas que les Russes s’y intéressaient de très près) à établir un lien psychique avec ce qui se cachait – se terrait aurait-il été plus juste de dire – derrière les rideaux, les murs et l’apparente apathie générale de cette ville mise sous le boisseau du formalisme le plus strict.

Mes parents s’étant, comme chaque année à la période des vacances, mis en route pour Granville et arrêtés à l’heure du déjeuner de midi dans une petite auberge du bord de la route, mon père me raconta qu’on les avait installés à une table libre où tous deux, côte à côte face à la baie vitrée, tournaient le dos au bar. Ils avaient commandé une omelette aux champignons et, tandis qu’ils attaquaient ladite omelette très appétissante, celui que mon père crut identifier comme un gamin mal élevé se mit, depuis le bar, à émettre des sifflements stridents à quelques mètres derrière lui, l’horripilant et lui gâchant complètement le goût de la nourriture qu’il commença de trouver insipide.

Je me souviens avec une précision étonnante de la sorte de béatitude (il n’y a pas d’autre mot) que j’éprouvais à la perspective de devoir bientôt rompre la fine onde concentrique un peu ourlée de la pâte attiédie sur les bords du récipient. Cette sensation se confond, bien entendu, avec l’image diffuse environnante – comme par capillarité mémorielle – du visage bienveillant et avec la présence enveloppante, aimante, de ma mère. Je prends conscience que cette bouillie de maïs n’était autre qu’une subtile gradation du sevrage, une transition réussie des délices du sein maternel.

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