Join us

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Newsletter

Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt

The Woman with the Bouquet

Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt

The Woman with the Bouquet

2010, pp. 224, e-Book
ISBN: 9781609459901
Translated by: Alison Anderson
Region: France
Paper edition Paper edition Paper edition
$ 9.99
Where to buy Where to buy Where to buy

The book

In his new collection of stories, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, author of The Most Beautiful Book in the World, probes the paradox that the events that shape our lives are often the stuff of dreams, yet nonetheless true. Humor, tenderness, irony and exquisite writing have always been the hallmarks of Schmitt’s work. Here, he adds a pinch of philosophy.

In one story, a lovelorn writer seeks refuge in Ostende, a remote and charming town on the North Sea. His host is a solitary and eccentric octogenarian. The fairy-tale setting starts to work its magic and the old woman begins to tell her tale—an extraordinary story of passion. Bewitched by what he hears, the writer can no longer distinguish what is real from what is not, and in the woman’s account he will finally find a response to his own deep-seated grief. Here, as in the other stories in this collection, Schmitt displays the combination of stylishness and insight into the human condition that prompted Kirkus Reviews to write of his tales that they “echo Maupassant’s with their lean narratives, surprise endings, mordant humor and psychological acuity.”

An exceptional collection by one of Europe’s most beloved authors.

The author

Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt
Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, playwright, novelist, and author of short stories, was awarded the French Academy’s Grand Prix du Théâtre in 2001. He is one of Europe’s most popular authors. His many novels and story collections include The Most Beautiful Book in the World (Europa Editions 2009) and The Woman with the Bouquet (Europa Editions 2010).  Visit the author's official web site

Reviews

From the same country

  • Philippe Georget

    Crimes of Winter

    2017, pp. 368, $ 18.00
    Crime, suspense, and marital woes combine in this atmospheric procedural set in the seemingly quiet Mediterranean town of Perpignan.
  • Jean-Christophe Rufin

    The Dream Maker

    2017, pp. 414, $ 18.00
    Based on the true story of Jacques Coeur, The Dream Maker is the story of a Steve Jobs of the Middle Ages. Coeur was the King of France’s visionary...
  • Jean-Christophe Rufin

    Checkpoint

    2017, pp. 304, $ 18.00
    A work of suspense and psychological tension set in the world of international humanitarian aid, Checkpoint is the latest bestselling novel by...
  • Jérôme Ferrari

    The Principle

    2017, pp. 144, $ 16.00
    Beguiled by the figure of German physicist Werner Heisenberg, who disrupted the assumptions of quantum mechanics with his notorious Uncertainty Principle,...
  • Alain Gillot

    The Penalty Area

    2016, pp. 192, $ 16.00
    The Penalty Area is a heartwarming novel about overcoming adversity, making human connections, and playing the glorious game of soccer.
  • Muriel Barbery

    The Life of Elves

    2016, pp. 272, $ 17.00
    Muriel Barbery's new novel is the first of two books about Maria and Clara, unforgettable heroines of a world facing annihilation. Animated by a large...