Silk (Book, 1997) [Vassar College]
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Author: Alessandro Baricco; Guido Waldman
Publisher: London : Harvill Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
In 1860, France's silk trade is threatened by an epidemic. To obtain uncontaminated silk worm eggs, a young man goes on a clandestine journey to Japan--where he falls in love with a lovely, non-Oriental concubine. This critically acclaimed narrative, seamless as a piece of fine silk, plays on the imagination, haunting as a strain of beautiful music.
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Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Italian fiction
Love stories
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Baricco, Alessandro, 1958-
London : Harvill Press, 1997
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alessandro Baricco; Guido Waldman
ISBN: 1860462588 9781860462580 186046310X 9781860463105 0375703829 9780375703829
OCLC Number: 37041114
Description: 91 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: When an epidemic threatens to destroy the silk trade in France, the young merchant Hervé Joncour leaves his doting wive and his comfortable home in the small town of Lavilledieu and travels across Siberia to the other end of the world, to Japan, to obtain eggs for a fresh breeding of silk worms. It is the 1860's; Japan is closed to foreigners and this has to be a clandestine operation. During his undercover negotiations with the local baron, Joncour's attention is arrested by the man's concubine, a girl who does not have Oriental eyes. Although the young Frenchman and the girl are unable to exchange so much as a word, love blossoms between them, conveyed by a number of recondite messages in the course of the four visits the Frenchman pays to Japan. How their secret affair develops and how it unfolds is told in a narration as beautiful, smooth and seamless as a piece of the finest silk.
Other Titles: Seta.
Responsibility: Alessandro Baricco ; translated from the Italian by Guido Waldman.


Young Herve Joncour has to leave his doting wife, Helene, and his comfortable home in the small town of Lavilledieu, France and travel across Siberia through to Japan, to obtain uncontaminated  Read more...
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