France, 1861. When an epidemic threatens to wipe out the silk trade in France, Herve Joncour, a young silk breeder, has to travel overland to distant Japan, out of bounds to foreigners, to smuggle out healthy silkworms. In the course of his secret negotiations with the local baron, Joncour's attention is arrested by the man's concubine, a girl who does not have oriental eyes. Although they are unable to exchange so much as a word, love blossoms between them, a love that is conveyed in a number of recondite messages. How their secret affair develops is told in this remarkable love story. As haunting as a strain of passionate music, Silk is an enchantment, an exquisite narrative and a stylistic tour de force.
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This startling, sensual, hypnotically compelling novel tells a story of adventure, sexual enthrallment, and a love so powerful that it unhinges a man's life. In 1861 French silkworm merchant Hervé Joncour is compelled to travel to Japan, where, in the court of an enigmatic nobleman, he meets a woman. They do not touch; they do not even speak. And he cannot read the note she sends him until he has returned to his country. But in the moment he does, Joncour is possessed. The same spell will envelop anyone who reads Silk, a work that has the compression of a fable, the evocative detail of the greatest historical fiction, and the devastating erotic force of a dream.From the Back Cover:
"A heart-breaking love story." --The Sunday Times (London)
"A riveting, lyrical love story, an accomplished historical fiction, a compact, condensed little epic about human hearts in crisis." --Allan Cheuse, All Things Considered (NPR)
"A book with language to savor. . . . [It] seems as guileless as a folk tale but propels a reader with real force." --Denver Post
"Silk has the brilliant colors, the compressed life and the enchantment of a miniature. . . . Vividly erotic." --Newsday
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Book Description Vintage, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0099448831
Book Description Vintage, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 99448831