The year is 1861. HervÃ© 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... show more
The year is 1861. HervÃ© 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.
Publish date: August 28th 2007
Pages no: 132
Edition language: English
Piccolo libro che racconta come un evento - la necessità di andare in Giappone per motivi commerciali - possa innescare pensieri e sensazioni e, di fatto, aiutare una persona a trovare uno scopo e la sua propria volontà: il protagonista all'inizio "vede" la sua vita scorrere mentre alla fine imparer...
L'histoire d'une vie, en douceur, d'un sentiment précieux, mystérieux mais touchant. Une prose magnifique, un joyau de littérature, concis et léger mais précieux telle la soie. "C'est une souffrance étrange. Doucement. Mourir de nostalgie pour quelque chose que tu ne vivras jamais."
Every word of this 91 page novel is so carefully thought out. Beautifully written and infinitely sad, it is reminiscent of a folk tale or fable, and like any good fable, it ends justly. I would like to explore other works by this Italian author.
Quando penso a come descrivere i libri di Baricco mi vengono in mente le piume bianche, leggere e impalpabili, il rumore struggente del mare, un volo d’uccello nel cielo blu, la morbidezza e il calore del velluto, una lacrima solitaria che scivola sulla guancia, la freschezza e l’odore della pioggia...
The edition I have doesn't have the movie-tie in artwork. This novella has such beautiful, sparse writing but each word helps to bring the environment to life. I felt like I could feel all the silks, plants, the snowy air, everything. Funny too, I was a few pages in the book before I realized I had ...