Sometimes one book per country isn’t enough. Now that I’m on the lookout for international authors, their books jump out at me and I can’t refuse them even if I’ve already covered their territory. I’ve sneaked these books in between my “official” reading. I thought I’d share them with you.
Silk • Seta
by Alessandro Baricco • Translated from Italian by Guido Waldman
Originally published in 1996 in Milan by Rizzoli
My edition: Vintage International, 1998 • 91 pgs
Summary: A French silk merchant travels to the then forbidden country of Japan and finds himself irresistibly drawn to a mysterious woman.
World Lit Up Rating:
(On a scale of 1-5, with 1 book = turned off and 5 books = lit up)
They slid back a rice-paper panel and Hervé Joncour stepped inside. Hara Kei was seated cross-legged on the floor in the the furthest corner of the room. He wore a dark tunic and no jewelry. The only visible sign of his authority was a woman lying beside him, motionless, her head in his lap, eyes shut, her arms concealed in the folds of an ample red dress which spread out about her on the ash-covered mat like a flame. He was slowly running a hand through her hair: it was as if he were stroking some luxurious sleeping animal.