The Elegance of the Hedgehog

The Elegance of the Hedgehog


By (author) Muriel Barbery, Translated by Alison Anderson

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  • Publisher: Gallic Books
  • Format: Hardback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 30mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1908313129
  • ISBN 13: 9781908313126
  • Edition: Special edition
  • Edition statement: Gift edition
  • Sales rank: 22,165

Product description

Rene is the concierge of a grand Parisian apartment building. She maintains a carefully constructed persona as someone uncultivated but reliable, in keeping with what she feels a concierge should be. But beneath this facade lies the real Rene: passionate about culture and the arts and more knowledgeable in many ways than her employers with their outwardly successful but emotionally void lives. Down in her lodge, apart from weekly visits by her one friend Manuela, Rene lives with only her cat for company. Meanwhile, several floors up, twelve-year-old Paloma Josse is determined to avoid the pampered and vacuous future laid out for her and decides to end her life on her thirteenth birthday. But unknown to them both, the sudden death of one of their privileged neighbours will dramatically alter their lives forever. By turns moving and hilarious, this unusual novel became the top-selling book in France in 2007.

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Author information

Muriel Barbery is a philosophy teacher. Her first novel, 'The Gourmet' has been translated into twelve languages. Her second novel, 'The Elegance of the Hedgehog' has sold over 5 million copies worldwide.

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'Resistance is futile. you might as well buy it before someone recommends it for your book group. It's charm will make you say yes.' - The Guardian.