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Elegance of the Hedgehog Muriel Barbery, translated by Alison Anderson

Elegance of the Hedgehog
Muriel Barbery, translated by Alison Anderson

Paperback (Trade paperback AUS/UK) | Feb 2021 | Gallic Books | 9781913547158 | 320pp | 178x129mm | GEN | AUD$29.99, NZD$34.99
Paperback (Trade paperback US) | May 2009 | Gallic Books | 9781906040185 | 320pp | 177x127mm | GEN | AUD$22.99, NZD$27.99

A funny and moving novel exalting the quiet victories of the inconspicuous among us.

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 and insightful novel is now an international publishing sensation, with sales of over 10 million copies.