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The most beautiful book in the world : eight novellas

Author: Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt; Alison Anderson
Publisher: New York : Europa Editions, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Translations into English
Named Person: Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt; Alison Anderson
ISBN: 9781933372747 1933372745
OCLC Number: 298184540
Notes: Original collection of short stories (Wanda Winnipeg, C'est un beau jour de pluie, L'intruse, Le faux, Tout pour ê̂tre heureuse, La princesse aux pieds nus, Odette Toulemonde, Le plus beau livre du monde) originally published by Albin Michel, Paris in 2006.
Description: 184 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Wanda Winnipeg --
A fine rainy day --
The intruder --
The forgery --
Every reason to be happy --
The barefoot princess --
Odette Toulemonde --
The most beautiful book in the world.
Other Titles: Odette Toulemonde et autres histoires.
Responsibility: Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt ; translated from the French by Alison Anderson.

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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.

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