In the 1860s, when Japan is still closed to foreigners, a young French merchant called Herve Joncour makes a series of clandestine journeys across Siberia to Japan, at first to purchase silkworm eggs, and later to pursue an affair with a Japanese nobleman's concubine
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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 Harvill Press, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111860462588
Book Description Book Condition: Brand New. New. Bookseller Inventory # A8640