One Hour of Fervor (Hardcover)

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By Muriel Barbery, Alison Anderson (Translator)
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As one would expect from the author of The Elegance of the Hedgehog, this is a magical, poetic, and melancholy book. Barbery paints a portrait of Haru, a successful Japanese art dealer, who loves beauty, nature, and other people. Yet when he finds he has fathered a child he is never allowed to see, his journey through life becomes a zigzag of the choices he makes. It’s a splendid novel, a delight to read. I loved it!

— Carolyn


From the best-selling author of The Elegance of the Hedgehog comes a family story with a difference, a novel about the decisions one makes and the destiny they determine by one of Europe's most brilliant and stylistically subtle authors.

Haru, a successful Japanese art dealer, loves beauty, harmony, art, balance, intriguing women, sophisticated conversation, and elegance. Months after a brief affair in Japan with a French woman, Maud, he discovers she is pregnant with his child. She warns him, however, that if he ever tries to see her or the child, she will kill herself. Quietly devastated at the thought of never knowing his daughter, who will become a dark presence in an otherwise elegantly orchestrated life, Haru decides he will respect Maud's wishes. His daughter grows to adulthood without ever knowing him. Is it too late to change things?

This is Haru's story. In her poetically precise prose, Muriel Barbery explores the deep love of a father, and what is gained and what is lost when one chooses a "family" of friends over one's biological family. In doing so, she captures the darkness that pushes people apart and the circumstances that can draw them together again.

Product Details
ISBN: 9798889660040
Publisher: Europa Editions
Publication Date: January 30th, 2024
Pages: 196
Language: English