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Les Royaumes de Borée ("the realms of Boreas") is a 2003 novel by the French writer Jean Raspail. The narrative spans from the 17th century to modern times and focuses on Oktavius-Ulrich de Pikkendorff, an officer who is appointed commander of Valduzia, a grand duchy in Karelia. Pikkendorff's task is to guard the border to the Grand North, a legendary continent located to the north of Europe. The novel is a spiritual sequel to Sept cavaliers from 1993.[1]

Sept cavaliers
Les Royaumes de Borée.jpg
First edition cover
AuthorJean Raspail
CountryFrance
LanguageFrench
PublisherÉditions Albin Michel
Publication date
March 2003
Pages360
ISBN9782226136978

The novel received the Jules Verne Prize from the Breton Academy.[2] It was the basis for a three-volume comic-book adaptation by Jacques Terpant.[3]

ReceptionEdit

Jean-Rémi Barland of L'Express described the book as an "epic, sonorous and majestic novel". The critic wrote: "Riding on the counter-current of conformism, the novelist's heroes invest these frontiers of legend, and the plot, running over three centuries, encompasses a host of colourful characters captured in all their wild grandeur."[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Les Royaumes de Borée". jeanraspail.free.fr (in French). Retrieved 2015-05-28.
  2. ^ "Grand Prix Jules Verne". prix-litteraires.net (in French). Retrieved 2015-05-28.
  3. ^ Staff writer (2010). "Interview du Cavalier numéro 9 : Jacques Terpant". Sceneario.com (in French). Retrieved 2015-05-28.
  4. ^ Barland, Jean-Rémi (2003-06-01). "Les royaumes de Borée". L'Express (in French). Retrieved 2015-05-28. roman épique, sonore et majestueux"; "Chevauchant à contre-courant du conformisme, les héros du romancier investissent ces frontières de légende, et l'intrigue, courant sur trois siècles, brasse une foule de personnages bigarrés saisis dans toute leur grandeur sauvage.

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