Dan Gunn (review date 19 January 1996)
SOURCE: Gunn, Dan. “The Chosen Country.” Times Literary Supplement, no. 4842 (19 January 1996): 11.
[In the following review, Gunn compares Vassilis Alexakis's La langue maternelle with Makine's Le testament français, examining their place within French literature.]
Both these prize-winning works [La langue maternelle, by Vassilis Alexakis and Le testament français, by Makine] purport to be novels, though they come on strongly, unashamedly indeed for the bulk of their length—and they are long—as memoirs, reminiscences, autobiographies. Both are by “foreigners” who have sought to escape their homelands into France, and...
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