Silk (novel)

Silk (novel)

infobox Book |
name = Silk
title_orig = Seta
translator = Guido Waldman


image_caption = Paperback edition cover
author = Alessandro Baricco
cover_artist =
country = United States
language = Italian
series =
genre = Novel
publisher = The Harvill Press
release_date = 1996
english_release_date = October, 1997
media_type = Print (Hardcover & Paperback)
pages = 91 pp (First edition, hardcover)
isbn = ISBN 1-86046-258-8
preceded_by =
followed_by =

"Silk" ( _it. Seta, 1996) is a novel by Italian writer Alessandro Baricco. It was translated into English in 1997 by Guido Waldman. A new English translation by Ann Goldstein was published in 2006.

Plot summary

The novel tells the story of a French silkworm merchant-turned-smuggler named Hervé Joncour in 19th century France who travels to Japan for his town's supply of silkworms after a disease wipes out their African supply. During his stay in Japan, he becomes obsessed with the concubine of a local baron.

Main characters

* 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

Book information

"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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