- Silk (novel)
infobox Book |
name = Silk
title_orig = Seta
image_caption = Paperback edition cover
language = Italian
The Harvill Press
release_date = 1996
english_release_date = October, 1997
media_type = Print (
pages = 91 pp (First edition, hardcover)
isbn = ISBN 1-86046-258-8
"Silk" ( _it. Seta, 1996) is a
novelby Italian writer Alessandro Baricco. It was translated into English in 1997 by Guido Waldman. A new English translation by Ann Goldsteinwas published in 2006.
The novel tells the story of a French silkworm merchant-turned-smuggler named Hervé Joncour in 19th century France who travels to
Japanfor his town's supply of silkworms after a disease wipes out their African supply. During his stay in Japan, he becomes obsessed with the concubineof a local baron.
* Hervé Joncour – silkworm merchant-turned-smuggler
* Hélène Joncour – Hervé's wife
* Baldabiou – Financier of Hervé's travels
* Hara Kei – Silkworm baron in Japan
* Hara Kei's unnamed concubine - she 'has the face of a young girl and eyes without an oriental slant'
* Madame Blanche – Madam of a prostitution house
"Silk" (English edition) by
Alessandro Baricco; translated by Guido Waldman.
Hardcover- ISBN 1-86046-258-8 published in (ISBN-13 978-1-86046-258-0) October 1997 by The Harvill Press
Paperback- ISBN 1-86046-366-5 published in May 1998 by The Harvill Press
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