Silk. Alessandro Baricco, Author, Guido Waldman, Translator HarperCollins Publishers $15 (96p) ISBN I first read Alessandro Baricco’s Silk in , in its English translation by Guido Waldman. The book — a tale of travel, passion and mysterious. The year is Hervé Joncour is a French merchant of silkworms, who combs the known world for their gemlike eggs. Then circumstances compel him.

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‘Silk’ Luxuriates In The Bittersweet Pain Of Love And Longing

Vuol dirci come si chiama? The prose is smooth, dr I never imagined I would like a book where the main character makes a living by buying silkworms.

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Storia di viaggi per mare, di treni a vapore, di un uomo che narra la propria vita come mai prima d’allora. Flaubert was writing Salammbo, electric light remained hypothetical, and Abraham Lincoln, beyond the Ocean, was fighting a war of which he was not to see the finish. Literary Fiction Historical Fiction Category: The book — a tale of travel, passion and mysterious, silent communication — resonated with me immediately. Her style is magical realistic and the Japanese art of that time is nicely blendend in her illustrations the story takes place fromin France and Japan.

You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. The characters are there, fully realized, but at the same time, each character is a mystery or a ghost without definite shape. What matters most is the feeling you experience while you absorb it.


Although we cover a wide range of topics, our emphasis is on art, culture, history and travel. But when you have finished the story, I am braicco to bet it will be a long time before the images and situations leave your mind. La prego, innanzitutto, di chiarircene la natura.

The writing is hypnotic, repetitive and deeply affecting.

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This is another form of love story, one written in almost poetic form. Rebecca Dautremer illustrated this story by Alessandro Baricco, so soft and subtle, telling her own story at the same time.

To ask other readers questions about Silkplease sign up. View all 33 comments. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Let it work its charm over you and don’t let the world interfere. Dec islk, Pages.

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His trade in Japan and his personal relationship with the concubine are both strained by the internal political turmoil and growing anti-Western sentiment in Japan that followed the arrival of Matthew C.

Goddamn it hit me hard. Molti lo accusano di voler essere eccessivamente popolare. Having said that, I liked the writing, I braicco it had an interesting construction and I am planning to read more by the author. Alessandro Baricco was born in Turin in and still makes his home there.

I never imagined I would like a book where the main character makes a living by buying silkworms. As I read, I could see exotic birds trapped in an aviary as sil gift to a beloved, sik the heady luxury of his host’s house. A sad story, but not a sad story. When an epidemic threatens to destroy the silk trade in France, the young merchant Herve Joncour leaves his doting wife 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 sili silk worms.


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Our writers, photographers and contributors are real people who tell you the stories of their personal travels and experiences. Your faithfully Djuza Radojicic. We had differing opinions, especially on the letters and the naricco aviaries.

But over all, it was a great book for how short it was. View all 8 comments. I am speaking or rather singing in this case of Silk by Italian author Alessandro Baricco.

Silk 10 May 30, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. A new bucket list sillk The Cubicle Escapee. He bought and sold. View all 16 comments. In an obituary-like series of sentences, Baricco informs us: Many sentences are left open and others are placed here or there, as if they were loose brushstrokes painted with Japanese ink.

The Unbearable Lightness of Silk

Okay, I know the past two paragraphs have been cryptic, I apologize. Every time Herve returns to Japan, a passage similar to this will be repeated, lest we otherwise forget what travel from the Old French travailler”to toil” entailed in the days before airplanes and the Suez Canal.

As a tale it also has an element of the oral tradition, with periodic repetitions to help its audience reme This read was a nice break after reading long books.