Available for the first time to an English audience, The Kites is Romain Gary's haunting last novel - a love story and his most lyrical and articulate argument for the triumph of joy over darkness.
Born in 1914 in what is now Lithuania, Romain Gary wrote nearly
thirty novels and numerous short stories and screenplays. He was
twice awarded France's most prestigious literary award, the Prix
Goncourt, once under his own name, and once under the pseudonym
Miranda Richmond Mouillot was born in the USA but now lives in France. Her first book, A Fifty-Year Silence- Love, War and Ruined House in France, is also published by Text.
`Gary is a good model for our own century of transnational lives.'
* David Bellos, author of Romain Gary: A Tall Story *
`A rich and layered love story that begins in innocence and moves through hardship toward a broad humanity.' * Kirkus Reviews *
`The Kites is indeed a treasure, capable of accessing an enormous node of insight and almost-overwhelming beauty spliced with bittersweet candour.' * Bomb Magazine *
`A poignant story dotted with moments of hilarity and absurdity made even more interesting by Ludo's unusual outlook on life.'
* West Australian *
`[Gary] recalls France in this moving and intermittently charming novel about idealism, creativity and love under the crushing pressure of war.' -- Sydney Morning Herald
`When a French Resistance hero and awarded author focuses on World War II, his novel is bound to carry the ring of authenticity. In Gary's case, there is also whimsy and humour...Gary relays everyday humanity and depravity in shades that are rarely black and white but either grey or wildly colourful.' * North & South *
`It is a rash, playful book, yet dark too...in Gary's hands, fiction itself is a form of resistance.' * Guardian *