The Most Beautiful Book in the World

Eight Novellas

By Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt; Alison Anderson (Translator)
Europa Editions, Paperback, 9781933372747, 184pp.

Publication Date: June 30, 2009

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“Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt's stories are exquisite, elegant, and enchanting -- perfect little gems of literature that explore the nature of happiness across age, gender, and class boundaries. Each story left me with a sigh of satisfaction and contentment.”
— Emily Crowe, Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA

One of Europe's most popular and best-loved authors, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt captivates the reader with his spirited, buoyant style and enchanting stories that move effortlessly from the everyday to the fantastical. The eight stories in this collection, his first to be published in English, represent some of his best writing and most imaginative storylines: from the love story between Balthazar, wealthy and successful author, and Odette, cashier at a supermarket, to the tale of a barefooted princess; from the moving story of a group of female prisoners in a Soviet gulag to the entertaining portrait of a perennially disgruntled perfectionist. Here are eight contemporary fables, populated by a cast of extravagant and affecting characters, about people in search of happiness. Behind each story lies a simple, if elusive, truth: happiness is often right in front of our eyes, though we may frequently be blind to it.

About the Author
Eric Emmanuel Schmitt is a French dramatist, novelist and fiction writer whose plays have been staged in over fifty countries and translated into forty languages.. His breakthrough theatre work came with his script "Le Visiteur", which won Moli re prizes for best author and best show in 1993/4. Other theatrical work includes "Golden Joe, Variations Enigmatiques, Le Libertin, Milarepa, Frederick ou Le Boulevard du Crime, Hotel des deux mondes", and "Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran".J. M. G. Le Clezio, one of France's best-known contemporary writers, was born in Nice in 1940 and has published more than twenty novels and nonfiction works. In the course of the last three decades Le Clezio has won numerous prizes, including the Prix Renaudot for his first novel. His works have been translated into many languages. His most recent works translated into English include the novel "The Prospector" and a collection of essays, "The Mexican Dream," Alison Anderson is the author of "Hidden Latitudes," She has worked as a writer, translator, and teacher and currently lives in Mill Valley, California.
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