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Silk By Alessandro Baricco

Silk

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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 silkworm eggs for breeding. He meets a local baron's concubine and falls in love.
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Silk by Alessandro Baricco

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 of silk worms. It is the 1860s; 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 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.

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GOR001709397
Silk by Alessandro Baricco
Alessandro Baricco
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Vintage Publishing
1997-02-13
96
1860462588
9781860462580
N/A
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