The Most Beautiful Book in the World by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt
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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.


 

About Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt

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Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt is one of the most performed French-language authors in the world. Born in 1960, he made a name for himself in the theatre with The Visitor, Enigma Variations, The Libertine, Between Worlds, Partners in Crime, My Gospels and When Feelings Shift.
 
Published July 7, 2009 by Europa. 192 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Eight stories about a variety of women from French playwright/novelist Schmitt (Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran & Oscar and the Lady in Pink, 2004, etc.).

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Eight well-developed, engaging stories by French novelist Schmitt (My Life with Mozart ) delineate the complex emotional lives of women and their nettlesome men.

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The Most Beautiful Book in the World, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt’s collection of eight short stories (referred to as “novellas” on the front cover though none exceed 30 pages) is just OK.

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This unfinished quality accents each of the eight stories, although “Odette Toulemonde” — being his movie — presents with the most polish.

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Publishing Perspective

An ironical deathbed gift turns into a much-needed fortune in “The Forgery.” All eight stories in The Most Beautiful Book in the World are tightly constructed and concise without sacrificing a deep sympathy for humanity’s dark moments and a celebration of its redeeming acts.

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