Hit French novel sympathetic to Putin worries critics


Giuliano da Empoli's novel The Wizard of the Kremlin has become a bestseller in France since its publication shortly after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but some critics are concerned that its broadly sympathic portrayal of Vladimir Putin may influence French policy towards the ongoing war.

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There are “two things that Russians require from the state: internal order and external power.” So says a fictional President Vladimir V. Putin in Le Mage du Kremlin, or “The Wizard of the Kremlin,” a novel exploring the inner workings of his government that has captivated France, winning prizes and selling over 430,000 copies, reports The New York Times.