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From the sizzling sharpness of freshly cut garlic to the cool tang of a father's aftershave; the heady intoxication of a fumbled first kiss to the anodyne void of disinfectant and death, this is a decadently original olfactory memoir. In sixty-three elusive episodes we roam freely across the countryside of Lorraine, North-East France, from kitchen to farm to a lover's bed. Recognising the bittersweet nostalgia of a scent that slips away on the summer breeze, Claudel demonstrates again his impeccable grasp of the personal and the universal, interweaved with a rare self-deprecating charm. This is an evocative patchwork at once earthy and ethereal, erotic and heart-breaking. Claudel permits us a glimpse of moments that have driven him to delight or despair, creating through the fading aromas of the past fragments of humour, insight and quite intangible beauty.
Publication date: 02/10/2014
Publisher: MacLehose Press an imprint of Quercus Publishing Plc
|Publication date:||2nd October 2014|
|Publisher:||MacLehose Press an imprint of Quercus Publishing Plc|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography,|
Philippe Claudel is a novelist, film director and university lecturer. He is the author of Grey Souls, Brodeck's Report, Monsieur Linh and His Child and The Investigation and was appointed to l'Academie Goncourt in 2012. Euan Cameron's translations include works by Julien Green, Simone de Beauvoir and Paul Morand, biographies of Marcel Proust and Irene Nemirovsky.More About Philippe Claudel