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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You are commenting using your Facebook account. Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page. In some circumstances I actually prefer it and with novellas I barjcco it.

A great deal had changed. Mae, sure you will love it — a gentle, lilting read. Joncour returns to Japan less than a handful of times. Then circumstances compel him to travel farther, beyond the edge of the known, to a barivco legendary for the quality of its silk and its hostility to foreigners: But Baricco had other ideas.

Dec 10, Pages. The prose is smooth, dr I never imagined I would like a book where the main character makes a living by buying silkworms.

Silk (Movie Tie-in Edition)

He was actually quite put out sikl we were talking about a book instead of the serious business of eating breakfast and planning our day. This would result in the fall of the Tokugawa shogunate, the restoration of the Emperor Meiji, and centuries of Japanese ambivalence toward their foreign friends.


A stylistic tour de force [and] a literary gem of bewitching power. Right to the end of the world.

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He currently lives in Rome with his wife and two sons. Fiction in this instance, contemporary Italian fiction, was my immediate response. Thanks for telling us about the problem. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Also in Vintage International. This was the age when a new explosion of trade changed the nature of the already long established Silk-Route. Molti lo accusano di voler essere eccessivamente popolare.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Stay in Touch Sign up. Mar 19, Dolors rated it it was amazing Shelves: In reading the book again, I came to understand that I had been so preoccupied with where I was that I was blind to the journeys I could take with my mind. KR KY, with slight fix in And it is done in such a beautiful and remarkable way that this reader never felt as if important aspects of the novel were only glazed over.

E racconta essenzialmente storie che piacciono a lui. We are experiencing technical difficulties. I felt sort of so-so about it. View all 6 comments. June 22, 4: I cannot seem to be able to be as moved by shorter stories as by bigger volumes. I’d love to know what you think, so please leave a comment below x Enter your comment here Perry sailed into Yokohama Bay with a modern steam-driven fleet and delivered an ultimatum to the Japanese, which ‘desired’ them to open the island to foreigners.

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But as it went on I grew more impressed with the small seeds Baricco has planted that lead to a couple of major surprises.

It was full of exotic birds and then one day the concubine lets them out. Mar 30, Kelly rated it really liked it Shelves: View all 3 comments. Mary had read it quickly and concluded that it was a light read and then she brought up several questions that made the pair of us look through the book again. Seta is a novel by the Italian writer Alessandro Baricco. islk

Lo guardi in faccia. Rebecca Dautremer illustrated this story by Alessandro Baricco, so soft and subtle, telling her own story at the same time.

Alas, on his final trip to Japan, Herve is led to believe that the concubine may have died in the civil war. ThingsAsian is an Asia travel website with stories contributed by a worldwide community. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Silk by Alessandro Baricco

Notify me of new comments via email. View all 10 comments. It has a sparse writing style, and passages are repeated almost verbatim in no less than three different spots.