Louis de Berniï¿½res is the author of, among other novels, A Partisan's Daughter, Birds Without Wings, Corelli's Mandolin, The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman, Seï¿½or Vivo and the Coca Lord and The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts. Selected by Granta as one of the twenty Best of Young British Novelists in 1993, de Berniï¿½res lives in London.
One of Time's Top 10 Books of the Year "Moving. . . . Poignant." --The New York Times Book Review "A book that had me laughing, cringing and ultimately feeling a little spark of hope. In that, The Dust That Falls from Dreams is very much like my old favorite, Corelli's Mandolin." --Connie Nelson, Minneapolis Star Tribune "Thrilling . . . . The inner life of de Berniï¿½res' lively roll call of characters is as vivid as the external realities." --The Independent (London) "A gently evocative story of the war that didn't end all wars, but did wrench open the door to the modern world." --Time "A feast of a novel." --The Times (London) "De Berniï¿½res is playful and expansive. . . . Scenes [of war] strike just as hard as they must have when the first crop of World War I stories emerged." --Santa Fe New Mexican "Beautifully observed. . . . De Berniï¿½res is an astute observer of the human heart." --Mail on Sunday "While some period fiction offers an escape from contemporary concerns, the best stories of the past illuminate the present. . . . De Berniï¿½res vividly brings to life a world stalked by death." --Mark Lawson, The Guardian "Genuinely thrilling." --Financial Times "An elegiac vision. . . . [A] charming and quietly moving tale." --The Daily Telegraph "A masterful tale that bridges two worlds and delineates the apocalyptic abyss in between. . . . This heartrending saga of love, loss, and endurance paints a vivid portrait of the steep price paid by an entire generation." --Booklist "These are the hopeful stories about war, and they should be told." --The Star (Toronto) "Heartwarming and devastating." --The National (UAE) "Immensely enjoyable, rich in humour and incident, galloping along, inventive, often moving and almost always sympathetic." --The Scotsman "[A] gripping tale of love and war. . . . De Berniï¿½res blends global events with personal stories to great effect, putting both into perspective." --Bookpage "An unforgettable book. . . . The direct aftermath of the war is incredibly written." --The State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)