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ISBN
9781910477786

eBook ISBN
9781910477816

Publication date
16th July 2020

RRP
£12.99

Imprint
Gallic Books

Binding
PB Demy

Extent (number of pages)
336pp

Translator
Alison Anderson

Territory

UK & Commonwealth (excluding ANZ)

BIC category
F, FM

Category

A Strange Country

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£12.99

A Strange Country, the latest novel from bestselling author Muriel Barbery, will transport readers to a lost world exposed to the constant churn of civilisations and remind them of the power of poetry and imagination.

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Alejandro de Yepes and Jesús Rocamora, young officers in the Spanish regular army, are stationed alone at Castillo when a friendly redhead named Petrus appears out of nowhere. There is something magnetic and deeply mysterious about him. Alejandro and Jesús are bewitched, and, in the middle of the sixth year of the longest war humankind has ever endured, they abandon their post to follow him across a bridge that only he can see.

Petrus brings them to a world of lingering fog, strange beings, poetry, music, natural wonders, harmony and extraordinary beauty. This is where the fate of the world and all its living creatures is decided. Yet this world too is under threat. A long battle against the forces of disenchantment is drawing to a climactic close. Will poetry and beauty prevail over darkness and death? And what role will Alejandro and Jesús play?

Muriel Barbery’s richly imagined new novel, the sequel to The Life of Elves, will transport readers to a lost world exposed to the constant churn of civilisations and remind them of the power of poetry and imagination.

Praise for The Life of Elves
‘A truly enchanting story, beautifully told and rich in meaning. (…) this book truly deserves to be read by story lovers of all ages’ Irish Times
‘A beguiling fairy tale’ New York Times
‘Vivid imagery and a thread of mystery draw readers into the timeless and ethereal world of these young girls with a destiny to fulfill’ Booklist
‘An emotional, entertaining examination of magic in the modern world’ France Today
‘…this fervent, idiosyncratic fable is undeniable evidence of a richly lyrical imagination’ Kirkus Reviews
Praise for The Elegance of the Hedgehog
‘Resistance is futile … you might as well buy it before someone recommends it for your book group. Its charm will make you say yes’ The Guardian
‘Clever, informative and moving … this is an admirable novel which deserves as wide a readership here as it had in France’ The Observer
‘The novel wins over its fans with a life-affirming message, a generous portion of heart and Barbery’s frequently wicked sense of humor’ Time Magazine
‘A book of great charm and grace’ Metro
‘The book’s attractive, Amélie-esque Parisian setting and cast of eccentrics will appeal to many’ Sunday Telegraph
‘This breathtakingly singular novel … is totally French yet completely universal’ Good Housekeeping
‘Reveals itself as a version of the Cinderella fairytale’ Financial Times
Muriel Barbery

Meet the author

Muriel Barbery is a former lecturer in philosophy and the bestselling author of IMPAC-shortlisted novel The Elegance of the Hedgehog. Published in France in 2006 and in the UK in 2008, it has gone on to sell more than 6 million copies worldwide and has been described by Le Figaro as ‘the publishing…

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