The narrator of this story, Aldo, a world-weary young aristocrat, is posted to the coast of Syrtes, where the Admiralty keeps the seas constantly patrolled to defend the demarcation between two powers still officially at war. This book won the Prix Goncourt.
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A vividly evocative novel of military tensions and menacing landscapes from one of the finest French writers of the twentieth century.About the Author:
Julien Gracq was born in 1910 in a village of Anjou. As a lieutenant in the French Army he was captured in the fighting round Dunkirk in 1940 but released the following year. A schoolteacher by profession, he taught history and geography for a period in Paris at the Lycée Claude-Bernard while Georges Perec was a pupil there. Julien Gracq (a pen-name) is author of several novels, including Balcony in the Forest, also published by Harvill; describing as it does the "phoney war" preceeding the outbreak of World War II, that novel has a central element in common with The Opposing Shore.
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