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Author Alain Damasio
Country France
Specifications Publisher: Gallimard Education (March 1, 2007)
Language: French
ISBN-10: 2070342263
ISBN-13: 978-2070342266
Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
Publisher Publisher: Gallimard Education (March 1, 2007)

« Imaginez une Terre poncée, avec en son centre une bande de cinq mille kilomètres de large et sur ses franges un miroir de glace à peine rayable, inhabité. Imaginez qu’un vent féroce en rince la surface. Que les villages qui s’y sont accrochés, avec leurs maisons en goutte d’eau, les chars à voile qui la strient, les airpailleurs debout en plein flot, tous résistent. Imaginez qu’en Extrême-Aval ait été formé un bloc d’élite d’une vingtaine d’enfants aptes à remonter au cran, rafale en gueule, leur vie durant, le vent jusqu’à sa source, à ce jour jamais atteinte : l’Extrême-Amont. Mon nom est Sov Strochnis, scribe. Mon nom est Caracole le troubadour et Oroshi Melicerte, aéromaître. Je m’appelle aussi Golgoth, traceur de la Horde, Arval l’éclaireur et parfois même Larco lorsque je braconne l’azur à la cage volante. Ensemble, nous formons la Horde du Contrevent. Il en a existé trente-trois en huit siècles, toutes infructueuses. Je vous parle au nom de la trente-quatrième : sans doute l’ultime. »

Au livre-univers, Arno Alyvan compose le plus riche des échos : un disque-univers.
À savourer avant ou après la lecture du roman.
La Horde du Contrevent a reçu le Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire 2006 et le prix Imaginales des Lycéens 2006.
Ce « livre monde » hors du commun a suscité un engouement collectif qui ne se dément pas depuis sa parution. Traduit en italien aux éditions Norde, il compte parmi :


the story concerns a group of 23 people marching across their world against a wind that is always changing but never stops. They are the 34th such "horde" which has been trained since birth to undertake this quest to march all the way to the source of the wind.

Even from the beginning, there are hints that this quest is misguided. For example, in the first chapter they pass a city. If there is a city further upwind from where the groups start, then why, after hundreds of years of these hordes, haven't they moved the starting point further upwind? Other revelations in further chapters raise more such issues. The characters themselves aren't immune from wondering, and this becomes one of the major themes of the book: what gives meaning to your quest? or to your life? How do you continue fighting in the face of enormous obstacles when you're not even sure that what you're fighting for makes sense. The characters are all very different and thus find different reasons for continuing.


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