The story is set at the border between two fictional Mediterranean countries, Orsenna and Farghestan, which have been at war for years. It is Gracq's third and most famous novel. It was awarded the Prix Goncourt , but Gracq refused to accept the prize as a protest against commercial compromising in world literature. The novel has been described as a " Wagnerian prelude for an unplayed opera" as it doesn't focus on telling a story but is first and foremost concerned with creating a mysterious, out-of-time atmosphere. A novel of waiting, it is set in an almost empty old fortress close to a sea which defines the ancestral border between the stagnant principality of Orsenna and the territory of its archenemy, the mysterious and elusive Farghestan. The two countries are officially at war although no fighting has taken place for decades, so that there is an uneasy, de facto peace.
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The fictitious Syrtis here is an imaginary place, a part of Orsenna another imaginary place , a once great empire but now having faded. Like other former great empires, it may not have the wealth and power but lives, to some extent, off its past reputation. The people of Orsenna all seem to have Italian names but there seems to be no other connection with Italy. In this book, of course, they speak standard French.
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