A Strange Country

Category: Book
Translated By: Anderson, Alison
By (author): Barbery, Muriel
Subject:  FICTION / Fantasy / Historical
  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / Visionary & Metaphysical
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Europa Editions
Published: April 2020
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 8.25in x 5.25in
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From The Publisher*

When the first glass was emptied, Alejandro and Petrus smiled at each other and Jesús noticed the redhead's lovely grey and pensive eyes.
"Where did you come from?" he asked.
"From the bridge," Petrus answered. "The bridge that links our world to yours."
Then, after a silence:
"It is invisible to you."

Alejandro de Yepes and Jesús Rocamora, young officers in the Spanish regular army, are stationed alone at Castillo when, out of nowhere, a friendly redhead appears to them in the cellar. There is something magnetic and deeply mysterious about this Petrus. 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 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 new richly imagined novel, the sequel toThe Life of Elves, will transport readers to a lost world exposed to the constant churn of civilizations and remind them of the power of poetry and imagination.

Review Quote*

"Readers who love meditative, dreamlike fiction will enjoy this translation, which rings with the music of the original French."-Booklist

"A Strange Country is a remarkable adventure and philosophical novel, which sings the praises of imagination and inventiveness. It's Tolkien in the land of Giono."-François Busnel,La Grande Librairie

"A Strange Country is a marvelous mix of wonderful storytelling, poetry, and adventure . . . It is also an instruction manual for those aiming at nobility of heart. It speaks against the decline of all that is poetic in our lives and encourages readers to rediscover enthusiasm for this world."-Mohammed Aissaoui,Le Figaro Littéraire

"Muriel Barbery allows us to reconnect with our portion of dreams, of poetry. To enter into her world is a true enchantment."-Isabelle Potel,Madame Figaro

Biographical Note

Muriel Barbery is the author of theNew York Times bestseller,The Elegance of the Hedgehog (Europa, 2008),Gourmet Rhapsody (Europa, 2009), andThe Life of Elves (Europa, 2016). She has lived in Kyoto, Amsterdam, and Paris, and now lives in the French countryside.