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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Still, the ignorance and narrow-mindedness of the author left me quite beyond words, as I think it unlikely that any American could ever have written a book as beautifully brief and innovative as Silk — or as casually international. Now Silk becomes a love story, as Herve and a certain concubine lacking oriental features exchange subtly erotic gestures – but not words. Perry in Endo Bay. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

In some circumstances I actually prefer it and with novellas I expect it. Let it work its charm over you and don’t let bariccp world interfere. If bliss can be found in the mere existence of another reality, a country or a lover, distance eventually becomes immaterial.

Pensi soltanto a Sherazade, pensi al potere salvifico del raccontare a voce alta. Notify me of new comments via email. And a goodbye is a serious conversation.

The reviews are consistently negative.

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View all 7 comments. However, Baricco tells the full story of Joncour, his trips to Japan, his enthrallment with the concubine and the effects on his life in France particularly his marriage. I prefer them because you have time to know better the characters, to discover their secrets, the way they think. His interactions with this woman are entirely wordless. May 13, TK rated it it was amazing Shelves: Just prior to Helene’s death, Herve had withdrawn from the silk business anyway, and instead he constructed a park that included an aviary modeled on one he had seen in Japan.


Instead, Baricco uses only the least bit of detail to convey such a tumultuous time of Japanese and world history.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. But to me it expressed the more general sentiment of Longing, the longing that is experienced in love, but also in other imaginary trips and landscapes and desires and yearnings.

Was it a parable of human life with all its ambitions and failures? This page was last edited on 30 Juneat Want to Read Currently Reading Read. At times, it may feel as if you don’t understand the significance of each passing symbol or action. Chel recommends Silk 1 13 Jan 02, A great example of how much can be achieved in a spare novella.

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My life In Tokyo. But in the moment he does, Joncour is possessed.

For two centuries, writes Baricco, Japan sili lived entirely cut off from the rest of humanity, refusing all contact with the continent and denying access to foreigners.

Il signor Baricco sapeva bene quel che faceva incastonando nella narrazione brani che ricorrono identici. Open Preview See a Problem?

Bariicco has much to lose if he fails in his endeavours to find these eggs. To get his eggs, Herve is obliged to travel around that great wide world beyond his little town of Lavilledieu, or the City of God. Her eyes did not have barifco oriental slant, and her face was the face of a young girl.


Constantly repeated phrases and consecutive passases of it are simiral in riff or refrain to the music. View all 33 comments. It was like grasping in your fingers… nothing. Alessandro Baricco was born in Turin in and still makes his home there. They do not touch; they do not even speak. Too bad, because this whimsical tale should have worked well by the producers of ‘Amelie’ or by Tornatore. But finally the letter beseeches Herve to forget its author, ” who now says to you, without regret, farewell.

But Baricco had other ideas. Your faithfully Djuza Radojicic Like Like. Love is in the Air at Cinequest Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player.

Il signor Baricco racconta. The contents of the book appear to give off a lambent glow for some obscure reason. Ma sa anche lei quanto le vicissitudini legate al signor Baricco siano controverse.

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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. In reading the book again, I came to understand that I had been so preoccupied bariicco where I was that I was blind to the journeys I could take with my mind. Notify me of new comments via email.

This proved to be the case when I read bagicco on the Biarritz to Dublin flight last week.