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From one of the world's biggest selling authors comes another million-copy worldwide bestseller: A beautiful and tender fable seen through the eyes of a Jewish child living in Belgium under the Nazi occupation. Isn't it time you discovered Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt?
The international bestselling story collection. ';Truth and beauty are here brought together with all the visual beauty and power of a major literary work' (Lire Magazine, France). A cast of extravagant and affecting characters lovingly portrayed by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt animates these eight contemporary fables about people in search of happiness. One of Europes most popular and bestselling authors, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt captivates the reader with his spirited 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 his best and most imaginative storylines: from the touching and surprising love story between Balthazar, a wealthy author, and Odette, a shop clerk, to the tale of a barefooted princess; from the moving title story about a group of female prisoners in a Soviet gulag to the entertaining portrait of a perennially disgruntled perfectionist. Behind each story lies a simple, if elusive, truth: though we may be frequently blind to it, happiness is often right in front of our eyes.
Celebrated short-story writer, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt's (The Most Beautiful Book in the World) first full-length novel to appear in English is a literary tour de force, a magnificent cathedral of contemporary eroticism.The Carousel of Desire is a sexual and romantic saga told with a master storyteller's feel for character and plot and a philosopher's abiding preoccupation with what makes life truly worthwhile. With tenderness and infectious delight, Schmitt tells an exuberant tale about class and community and about the vastness of human experience. Schmitt's love of coincidence and serendipity is surpassed only by his affection for his flawed, all-too-human characters: Zachary Bidermann, the powerful European Union commissioner; Faustina, the fashionable book publicist; Franois-Maxime de Couvigne, the happily married banker with more than a few secrets; Marcelle, enamored with a handsome illegal immigrant; Miss Beauvert, who makes love with her parrot, Copernicus. These and many more unforgettable characters animate this story of simmering desire and the antics of the mischievous and playful god, Eros.Schmitt's inclusive, affirming vision of human sexuality is refreshingly free of moral judgement, yet enriched by an understanding of the complex ethics of human relationships and the redemptive power of love.
Five unforgettable stories. ';What a delight when a writer hits his target as deftly and with such beauty as Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt does in Invisible Love' (New York Journal of Books). In this latest collection, two young lovers secretly love the child they will never be able to have; an esteemed physician and survivor of the Nazi concentration camps finds inner peace thanks to the love of a faithful dog; a man loves his wife through the memories of her first husband; and a mother rediscovers love for her child when someone tries to take that child from her. And finally, Severine and Benjamin understand that they have lost the love of their lives when they see themselves through the eyes of a young terminally ill girl. Love is not easy, and not always easy to find; at times, it is obliged to circumvent social norms, and thus transform them; it must be desired, sought, defended. We cannot know what life has in store for us, but we do know that whatever it is, it will only be meaningful if borne on the wings of love. Schmitt's sublime stories remind us how true this is.Praise for Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt ';There is a surprising sweetness to Schmitt's stories of redemption and reconciliation. They carry a slight pleasant aftertaste, a lingering hint of delight.' The Boston Globe ';Schmitt's stories capture a quirky, clever, feminist, very French sensibility.' Publishers Weekly ';Moral fables, gilded mini-legends: Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt's stories are fiendishly efficient. Schmitt is a prodigious story-teller with a style both elegant and assured.' Les Echos
The English translations of four of the plays of Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, France's most successful contemporary playwright. The work includes: "Don Juan on Trial"; "The Visitor"; "Enigma Variations" and "The Space Between Two Worlds", a metaphysical comedy set in the "Two Worlds Hotel".
With over 1 million copies sold worldwide, this tender and uplifting tale of a boy coming to terms with death has become an international publishing phenomenon: 'Funny, moving and uplifting.' Woman & Home
Odette Toulemonde er en af bogens kvindeportrætter. Ekspeditricen, millionøsen, den demente, den forsmåede, stærke kvinder og svage kvinder, alle søger de lykken, og Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt tager dem kærligt under behandling. Bogens sidste novelle handler kollektivt om kvinder i Gulag, som på snedig vis får videregivet deres kærlighed til deres børn.
Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt is the author of three luminous collections of short stories published by Europa Editions, including the bestselling Most Beautiful Book in the World, and the novel, Three Women in a Mirror. The questions at the center of all of these delightful works is the same: What is happiness and how do we attain it? In this latest collection, two young lovers secretly adore the child they can never have; an esteemed physician and survivor of the Nazi concentration camps finds inner peace thanks to the love of a faithful dog; a man loves his wife through the memories of her first husband; and a mother rediscovers love for her child when someone tries to take that child from her. And finally, Sverine and Benjamin understand that they have lost the love of their lives when they see themselves through the eyes of a young terminally ill girl.Love is not easy, and not always easy to find; at times, it is obliged to circumvent social norms and thus transform them; it must be desired, sought, defended. We cannot know what life has in store for us, but we do know that whatever it is, it will only be meaningful if borne on the wings of love. Schmitt's sublime stories remind us how true this is.
From the author of The Most Beautiful Book in the World, a literary tour de force of contemporary eroticism."e;This message is just to say I love you. Signed: You know who."e; A love note is delivered anonymously to each inhabitant of Piazza Guy d'Arezzo in Brussels one morning, triggering a series of adventures and misadventures that, over 600 pages, develop into a sumptuous comedy of manners that is sexy, sensual, affecting, encyclopaedic, and unlike anything written previously by Schmitt. Employing a roving camera technique that recalls both the stylish cinematic tradition of French New Wave and the films by Fellini and Antonioni, The Carousel of Desire is a sexual and romantic saga told with a master storyteller's feel for character and plot, and a philosopher's abiding preoccupation with what makes life truly worthwhile. Schmitt tells a colourful tale about class and community, about the varieties of human experience. His love of coincidence and serendipity is surpassed only by his affection for his all-too-human characters: Zachary Bidermann, the powerful E.U. commissioner; Faustina, the fashionable book publicist; Francois-Maxime de Couvigne, the happily married banker with more than a few secrets; Marcelle, enamoured of a handsome illegal immigrant; and Miss Beauvert, who makes love with her parrot, Copernicus. These and many more unforgettable characters animate this story of simmering desire and mischievous Eros.
The title story is the tale of two friends with very different personalities-one competitive and aggressive, the other kind and disinterested. They are confronted with circumstances that lead to a catharsis in which both men will move beyond their predetermined roles. Another story, "e;The Return,"e; introduces a father whose work takes him far from home for months at a time. Over the years, the names, faces and personalities of his wife and children have blurred in his memory, a fact that comes cruelly to light when, while on a trip, he learns that one of his daughters has died but can't recall exactly which one it is. In his confusion he begins asking himself which daughter he would miss most-a heartless question but one that will bring him to recognize his failings as a man and as a father.
In his new collection of stories, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, author of The Most Beautiful Book in the World, probes the paradox that the events that shape our lives are often the stuff of dreams, yet nonetheless true. Humor, tenderness, irony and exquisite writing have always been the hallmarks of Schmitt's work. Here, he adds a pinch of philosophy.In one story, a lovelorn writer seeks refuge in Ostende, a remote and charming town on the North Sea. His host is a solitary and eccentric octogenarian. The fairy-tale setting starts to work its magic and the old woman begins to tell her tale-an extraordinary story of passion. Bewitched by what he hears, the writer can no longer distinguish what is real from what is not, and in the woman's account he will finally find a response to his own deep-seated grief. Here, as in the other stories in this collection, Schmitt displays the combination of stylishness and insight into the human condition that prompted Kirkus Reviews to write of his tales that they "e;echo Maupassant's with their lean narratives, surprise endings, mordant humor and psychological acuity."e;An exceptional collection by one of Europe's most beloved authors.
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.
Vpervye na russkom novyj sbornik rasskazov EHrika-EHmmanyuehlya SHmitta "e;Mest' i proshchenie"e;. CHetyre sud'by, chetyre istorii, v kotoryh avtor pristal'no vglyadyvaetsya v samye zhestokie potaennye chuvstva, upravlyayushchie nashej zhizn'yu, pronikaet v sokrovennye tajny lichnosti, pytayas' otvetit' na vopros: kak vnov' obresti dolyu chelovechnosti, esli zhizn' uporno stalkivaet nas s zavist'yu, ravnodushiem, porokom ili prestupleniem?
Nebol'shoj bel'gijskij gorodok SHarlerua potryasen krovavym teraktom. Vzryv na paperti sobora unes nemalo zhertv. Podozrevayut, chto za nim stoyat religioznye fanatiki. Ogyusten, bezdomnyj yunosha, kotoromu udalos' poluchit' stazhirovku v mestnoj gazete, okazyvaetsya vovlechennym v ehti sobytiya. Pytayas' dokazat' svoyu prigodnost' k zhurnalistike, on nachinaet sobstvennoe rassledovanie. Nezametnyj, vyrosshij v priyute parenek nadelen unikal'nym darom - videt' kroshechnye sushchestva, paryashchie nad lyud'mi. Kto ehto - angely, demony, vospominaniya, byt' mozhet, mertvecy, kotorye ne smirilis' so svoej uchast'yu?.. Neuzhto on skhodit s uma, ili, byt' mozhet, on i est' tot mudrec, kotoromu dano rasshifrovat' chuzhoe bezumie? EHrik-EHmmanyuehl' SHmitt v prisushchej emu original'noj manere prodolzhaet svoe issledovanie duhovnyh tajn cheloveka... Vpervye na russkom!
EHrik-EHmmanyuehl' SHmitt - mirovaya znamenitost', ehto odin iz samyh populyarnyh i igraemyh na scene francuzskih avtorov i vmeste s tem glubokij pisatel', kotorogo volnuyut fundamental'nye voprosy morali i smysla zhizni, temy smerti, religii. "e;Sekta EHgoistov"e; - pervyj roman, sozdannyj EH.-EH. SHmittom, roman, "e;kotoryj rasskazyvaet o tom, kak ego ne bylo, uskol'zaet, obmanyvaet i tvorit sebya iz obmana"e;. Geroj knigi Gaspar Langenhaehrt schitaet real'nost' plodom sobstvennogo voobrazheniya. A chto esli zhizn' - ehto vsego lish' son? i oblaka, pticy, zemlya i drugie lyudi - ehto tol'ko videniya, mel'knuvshie v mozgu? Vozomniv, chto yavlyaetsya prichinoj i pervoistochnikom mira, filosof, polagaya, chto unichtozhaet vidimyj mir, lishaet sebya zreniya. No ostanovitsya li on na ehtom?.. P'esy SHmitta ne tol'ko idut povsyudu - ot San-Francisko do Tokio, oni k tomu zhe prekrasno chitayutsya. Dokazatel'stvom ehtomu sluzhit nepodrazhaemaya filosofskaya komediya "e;Rasputnik Avtor ustraivaet lyubimomu filosofu Deni Didro poistine bezumnyj den'. On dolzhen srochno napisat' stat'yu o morali. Pod ugrozoj vyhod ocherednogo toma EHnciklopedii. A vokrug filosofa nachinaetsya nastoyashchaya krugovert'. Kak na tancploshchadke, tancuyut, tochnee, meshayut vse, podvergaya predstavleniya geroya o dobrodeteli ser'eznomu ispytaniyu. Iskrometnyj, naskvoz' igrovoj yazyk prozy SHmitta bezuslovno sostavlyaet gordost' francuzskoj izyashchnoj slovesnosti.
Vpervye na russkom - novyj roman EH.-EH. SHmitta "e;Noch' ognyaV dvadcat' vosem' let SHmitt predprinyal peshij pohod po pustyne Sahara. On otpravilsya tuda buduchi ateistom, a, desyat' dnej spustya, vernulsya gluboko veruyushchim chelovekom. Vdali ot privychnogo okruzheniya pisatel' i dramaturg otkryl dlya sebya prostuyu zhizn', zavyazal druzhbu s tuaregami. A potom on zabludilsya na prostorah Ahaggara. Na protyazhenii tridcati chasov on nichego ne el i ne pil, on ne ponimal, gde okazalsya, i sumeyut li ego najti. I noch', provedennaya pod zvezdami, otkryla emu novyj duhovnyj put'. Ona izmenila ego navsegda. No chto proizoshlo v tu noch'? CHto on slyshal? CHto proizvelo stol' rezkoe neizgladimoe vpechatlenie na ehtogo filosofa-agnostika?V svoej novoj knige "e;Noch' ognya pisatel' rasskazyvaet i o nasyshchennom priklyucheniyami stranstvii, i o puti vglub' sobstvennogo "e;ya. Vpervye SHmitt priotkryvaet nam svoj vnutrennij mir, pokazyvaya, kak, kazalos' by, prochno slozhivshayasya zhizn' cheloveka i pisatelya v odin mig sposobna peremenit'sya.
Vpervye na russkom - novyj roman EH.-EH. SHmitta "e;YAd lyubvi Esli v pervom romane dilogii, "e;EHliksir lyubvi rech' shla ob otnosheniyah vzroslyh, slozhivshih sya lyudej, o neizbezhnom ushcherbe, kotoryj nanosit vremya samym pylkim chuvstvam, to v knige, poluchivshej na zvanie "e;YAd lyubvi avtor s nezhnym izumleniem vsmatrivaetsya v nepovtorimyj mir pervogo chuvstva. Do okonchaniya shkoly ostalos' chut' bol'she goda, no yunyh podruzhek - Dzhuliyu, Rafaehl', Kolombu i Anushku - volnuet lish' lyubov'. Kazhdaya iz nih zhazhdet vstretit' svoego Romeo. Myslyami ob ehtom zapolneny ih dnevniki i perepiska. Podrugi uvereny, chto neobhodimo sdelat' reshitel'nyj shag, perestupiv chertu, kotoraya otdelyaet ih ot mira vzroslyh. I vot Dzhuliya robko priznaetsya, chto letom ona sdelala "e;ehto CHem otkliknetsya ee reshitel'nyj postupok? A ih druzhba - vyderzhit li ona gryadushchie ispytaniya? I voobshche, pri chem tut bessmertnyj SHekspir?! V nastoyashchee izdanie takzhe voshla znamenitaya p'esa EH.-EH. SHmitta "e;Otel' dvuh mirov
EHrik-EHmmanyuehl' SHmitt - mirovaya znamenitost', ehto odin iz samyh chitaemyh i igraemyh na scene francuzskih avtorov. V kazhdoj iz knig, vhodyashchih v Cikl Nezrimogo, - "e;Oskar i Rozovaya Dama "e;Ms'e Ibragim i cvety Korana "e;Deti Noya "e;Borec sumo, kotoryj nikak ne mog potolstet' a takzhe v novoj povesti "e;Desyat' detej, kotoryh ne bylo u madam Ming blistatel'naya intellektual'naya mekhanika sochetaetsya s glubokoj chelovechnost'yu. Za vneshnej prostotoj, granichashchej s minimalizmom, za prozrachnoj yasnost'yu stilya pryachutsya mudrost' filosofskoj pritchi, ironiya, yumor.
Stories from the bestselling author of The Most Beautiful Book in the World, "e;a prodigious storyteller with a style both elegant and assured"e; (Les Echos).In this collection's opening story, a woman with more skeletons in the closet than most falls in love with a parish priest, to whom she confesses her sins. But her motives and her intentions are anything but honorable or pious. The title story is the tale of two friends and rivals whose differences will at first lead to a terrifying and near fatal accident, and then to a vendetta lasting a lifetime. In "e;The Return,"e; while away at sea, a father is told that one of his four daughters has died but not which. He will ask himself the question no father should have to ask: which child would he want dead? His long ruminations will lead him to a realization of his failings as a man and a father and ultimately toward a touching transformation. "e;Love at the Elysee Palace"e; is as fine a short story as any in contemporary literature, and one that treats the themes of love, marriage, and forgiveness with superb delicacy and remarkable tenderness.In this vivid collection, Schmitt writes about regret and redemption, about the roles of love and memory in our lives, all with a lightness and compassion that is as rare as it is inspiring."e;A wonderful book of remarkable everyday heroes who will haunt readers for a long time to come."e; -L'Express"e;A small masterpiece."e; -Le Parisien