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The elegance of the hedgehog

Author: Muriel Barbery; Alison Anderson
Publisher: New York : Europa Editions, 2008 ;
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The lives of fifty-four-year-old concierge Rene Michel and extremely bright, suicidal twelve-year-old Paloma Josse are transformed by the arrival of a new tenant, Kakuro Ozu.
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Genre/Form: Novela francesa
Humorous fiction
Fiction
Bildungsromans
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Muriel Barbery; Alison Anderson
ISBN: 9781933372600 1933372605 9781442022768 1442022760 9781906040185 1906040184 9781906040208 1906040206 9781906040161 1906040168
OCLC Number: 244250416
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Notes: Translated from the French.
Awards: French Booksellers Prize, 2007
Brive-la-Gaillarde Reader's Prize, 2007
Prix du Rotary International
Description: 325 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Marx (Preamble) --
1. Whosoever Sows Desire --
2. The Miracles of Art --
Camellias --
1. An Aristocrat --
2. On Wars and Colonies --
3. The Poodle as Totem --
4. Refusing the Fight --
5. In a Sorry State --
6. Homespun Cowls --
7. In the Confederate South --
8. Prophet of the Modern Elite --
9. Red October --
10. A Cat Called Roget --
11. The Rebellion of the Mongolian Tribes --
12. Phantom Comedy --
13. Eternity --
14. When of a Sudden, Old Japan --
15. The Rich Man's Burden --
16. Constitution's Spleen --
17. A Partridge's Ass --
18. Ryabinin --
On Grammar --
1. Infinitesimal --
2. In a Moment of Grace --
3. Beneath the Skin --
4. Break and Continuity --
5. A Pleasant Impression --
6. Wabi --
Summer Rain --
1. Clandestine --
2. The Great Work of Making Meaning --
3. Beyond Time --
4. Spider's Webs --
5. Of Lace and Frills and Flounces --
6. Just a Trim --
7. The Vestal Virgin in Her Finery --
8. Saints Alive --
9. Dull Gold --
10. What Congruence? --
11. Existence Without Duration --
12. A Wave of Hope --
13. Tiny Bladder --
14. How Much for One Roll? --
15. A Very Civilized Noble Savage --
16. And Then --
17. A New Heart --
18. Gentle Insomnia --
Paloma --
1. Terribly Sharp --
2. For All Its Invisibility --
3. The Just Crusade --
4. The First Principle --
5. The Antipodes --
5. Baby Porpoise --
7. Deep Blue --
8. Contented Little Sips --
9. Sanae --
10. Dark Clouds --
11. Rain --
12. Sisters --
13. In the Pathways of Hell --
14. From Passageway to Pathway --
15. His Shoulders Soaked with Sweat --
16. Something Must Come to an End --
17. The Travails of Dressing Up --
18. Flowing Water --
19. They Shimmer --
20. Gagauz Tribes --
21. All Those Cups of Tea --
22. Meadow Grass --
23. My Camellias.
Other Titles: Elégance du hérisson.
Responsibility: Muriel Barbery ; translated from the French by Alison Anderson.
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Rene is the concierge of a Parisian apartment building. She is passionate about culture and the arts. Several floors up, 12-year-old Paloma Josse is determined to avoid the pampered and vacuous  Read more...

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