Revue de presse
This is a review of my previous book - Pushkin's notes for the book on Peter the Great that he never wrote as he was killed in a duel. There should be 15 volumes, coming out in batches of five, the first to appear on Extract from article. June 6, 1999, the anniversary of Pushkin's birth, the second in 2000. Both objectives were achieved but the final batch ran into difficulties over two volumes. One of these, The History of Peter, exists in Russian only in note form. As this impossible text drew from Daffni Percival an exceptional piece of scholarship, the time was well lost. Translations generally turned up surprises. --Herald Scotland
Présentation de l'éditeur
Translated from the French of Alphonse Daudet. Starts with his account of his arrival in Provence, which he sent to his doubting colleagues in Paris where he had been working as a journalist. They published it with such a degree of success that he went on writing stories about the locality, garnered from neighbours and his own experience. My favouroite is the evening he spent with the poet Mistral.