The Book of Tobias by Sylvie Germain
(Dedalus Europe 2000 S.)

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When tragedy strikes and Theodore Lebon is robbed of his adored wife, or rather, his wife's head, for it is only her headless body that returns home after a riding accident, we are once again in that strange world that Sylvie Germain has made her own. It is a world where certainties dissolve and the confines of reality shift to embrace the unexpected and the improbable, the absurd, the grotesque, even the miraculous. Nothing is too weird or wonderful to find a place in her richly imaginative fiction.
 

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Published August 1, 2000 by Dedalus Ltd. 196 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Madness, sorrow--and incestuous love with his own daughter- -will result in the birth of Victor-Flandrin, who because of a fleck of gold in his left eye is known as ``Night-of-Gold.'' In time, carrying with him seven tears wept by his father and the quivering light of his mother's shadow (which p...

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The most recent (1998) of Germain's highly charged Gothic antiromances set in the French countryside (close kin to her The Book of Nights and Night of Amber) is a quirky retelling of the biblical apocryphal tale of Tobias.

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A peasant woman so overcome with sadness at the death of her family members that she is unable to cry, she begins to confuse the lamb of the Christian altar with the smiling goat Mejdele from her childhood home: ""Only that smile succeeded in relieving the burden of tears gathered inside her."" (...

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