The Origin of the World (The Margellos World Republic of Letters)

Pierre Michon

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Synopsis: This spare, unforgettable novel is Pierre Michon's luminous exploration of the mysteries of desire. A young teacher takes his first job in a sleepy French town. Lost in a succession of rainy days and sleepless nights, he falls under the spell of a town resident, a woman of seductive beauty and singular charm. Yvonne. Yvonne. "Everything about her screamed desire...setting something in motion while settling a fingertip to the counter, turning her head slightly, gold earrings brushing her cheek while she watched you or watched nothing at all; this desire was open, like a wound; and she knew it, wore it with valor, with passion." Michon probes the destructive powers of passion and the consuming need for love in this heartbreaking novel.

Review: A slender book in length, but not in style and language.... Michon's short fable obliges us to recognize, within and beyond sexual fantasy, strains of cruelty directed toward beauty.
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A haunting, imagistic book, somehow both lush and spare. Martin Riker, "Wall Street Journal"--Martin Riker "Wall Street Journal ""

"A slender book in length, but not in style and language.... Michon's short fable obliges us to recognize, within and beyond sexual fantasy, strains of cruelty directed toward beauty."
--Roger Shattuck, Harper's
--Roger Shattuck "Harper's "

"Lust is a common theme in literature, but rarely has it been expressed as poetically and profoundly as it is in prize-winning French author Pierre Michon's sliver of a novel, The Origin of the World."
--Regan McMahon, San Francisco Chronicle
--Regan McMahon "San Francisco Chronicle "

"A haunting, imagistic book, somehow both lush and spare."--Martin Riker, Wall Street Journal--Martin Riker "Wall Street Journal "

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Title: The Origin of the World (The Margellos World...
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: 2013
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