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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In the single written exchange between them, the girl to whom he has never spoken writes to him thus: Every time Herve returns to Slik, 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. Joncour a Frenchman is thus charged by Baldabiou with going to Japan at the barifco end of the world in this quest to find the eggs.

View all 12 comments. This time, as I read, my mind lingered not over the intricacies of the plot, but over the message of a book based on the premise sipk love that is never consummated, yet is wholly shared.

Not only had Baricco made that sorrow palpable, he had done it in less than a pages. His first trip to Japan takes place in the Bakumatsu periodwhen Dilk was still largely closed to foreigners.

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La prego, innanzitutto, di chiarircene la natura. I’m trying to say why it was good without being too specific and giving much away.


The next short chapter with big print draws you bxricco in until you suddenly reach the end. 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.

Vuol dire che certi messaggi possono passare solo attraverso una penna, attraverso caratteri arcaici, mai attraverso le labbra. The Unbearable Lightness of Silk. Your purchase helps support NPR programming. It was easy to accompany Joncour on his difficult travels, and luxuriate in the sensuousness that awaits at the end of his journey. Articles needing additional references from January All articles needing additional references Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles containing Italian-language text All stub articles.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. I would have really liked that. Silk is everything summed up in a few lines.

My trips back to Sri Lanka had become an effort to gather into my arms the things that were no longer part of my slk life and the regrets that I could never articulate to a family that celebrated my seeming success. Jul 28, Nicholas Sparks rated it it was amazing Shelves: Heart-breaking, bewitching and passionate.

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In time he began to yield to a pleasure that in the past he had always denied himself: Dicevano che era un santo. Herve Joncour is a silkworm buyer who, at first, travels across Europe, past the Mediterranean, into Syria and Egypt to buy the precious silkworm eggs. Seda or Silk, then comes across as a lyrical legend in which the underlying feeling or theme would seem to be Love. Joncour has much to lose if he fails in his endeavours to find these eggs. Three of them are peaceful.


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E poi, questa fissa di raccontare storie la ha sempre avuta. And all of the sudden, the airiness of the text, the nice use of iteration and variation, and as much as I hate to say, the plot, began working in my favor. View all 16 comments. He currently bariccco in Rome with his wife and two sons.

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

Silk is physically brief — if 91 pages is not short enough, most of the pages were only half filled. Barcco that who we love and where we go is ultimately more “significant” than what we build, or own, or destroy. Love is in the Air at Cinequest To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: A much better choice than the gossip magazines that were scattered around the place.

Credo ormai di aver compreso che Baricco sia uno di quegli scrittori privi di vie di mezzo, per quanto riguarda il loro rapporto con il lettore: View all 9 comments. A different context could have also served for these historical components seem no more than a setting made of cardboard planks.

But Japan is closed to outsiders. A letter arrives – again in Japanese. View all 8 comments. No matter, it was beautiful You are commenting using your WordPress.