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Silk
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The year is 1861. Hervé Joncour is a French merchant of silkworms, who combs the known world for their gemlike eggs. Then circumstances compel him to travel farther, beyond the edge of the known, to a country legendary for the quality of its silk and its hostility to foreigners: Japan.There Joncour meets a woman. They do not touch; they do not even speak. And he cannot read the note she sends him until he has returned to his own country. But in the moment he does, Joncour is possessed.
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Street Date:
12/10/2008
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780307490957
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Alessandro Baricco. (2008). Silk. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.

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Alessandro Baricco. 2008. Silk. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.

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Alessandro Baricco, Silk. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2008.

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Alessandro Baricco. Silk. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2008.

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The year is 1861. Hervé Joncour is a French merchant of silkworms, who combs the known world for their gemlike eggs. Then circumstances compel him to travel farther, beyond the edge of the known, to a country legendary for the quality of its silk and its hostility to foreigners: Japan.There Joncour meets a woman. They do not touch; they do not even speak. And he cannot read the note she sends him until he has returned to his own country. But in the moment he does, Joncour is possessed.
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      • content: "Silk has the brilliant colors . . . and the enchantment of a miniature. . . . Vividly erotic."
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      • content: "A book with language to savor. . . . It seems as guileless as a folk tale but propels a reader with real force."
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      • content: "A heart-breaking love story. . . A stylistic tour de force [and] a literary gem of bewitching power."
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        January 1, 1970
        In 1861, after plague has destroyed the silkworms in the Middle East and Africa, French merchant Herve Joncour travels to Japan--a country of which little is known to the French--in search of healthier, better silk. Flouting a Japanese law against exporting silkworms, Joncour leaves his loving wife for what will be the first of many four-month journeys through Europe, Russia and Siberia to Japan, where he befriends a wealthy Japanese trader and falls in love with his beautiful young mistress. With each trip, Joncour's expectations of closer contact with the young woman escalate, as does the danger of his journey. Joncour finally receives a letter from the concubine, which he must take for translation to a Japanese woman living in a neighboring French village The letter encourages Joncour to travel to Japan one last time; what he finds there will change his life forever. Baricco, winner of the Prix Medicis and other awards for his two previous novels, uses the precise, formal language of the 19th-century realists to evoke exotic settings, vivid characters and historical details. Written in 65 spare chapters (some less than a page long, some evolving into verse), Barrico's fairy tale of East and West weaves a fine, tight fabric of recurrent phrases and motifs, a novel as delicate and strong as its subject. (Oct.) FYI: Silk, a bestseller in Italy and in the U.K., will be published in 16 languages, including Japanese.

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