The secular and the pious. The rich and the poor. Those with a capacity for destiny” and those who cannot afford it.” Emmaus is a world of stark contrasts, one in which four young menall from proud, struggling families, and all lusting after Andre, a hyper- sexual womanare goaded from adolescence to manhood in a torrent of exploits and crises, sexual awakenings and morbid depressions, naivety and fatalism.
A brilliant portrait of the perils and uncertainties of youth and faith, Emmaus is a remarkable novel from one of the very best writers in Europe.
About the Author
Alessandro Baricco was born in Turin in 1958. The author of four previous novels, he has won the Prix Medicis Etranger in France and the Selezione Campiello, Viareggio, and Palazzo del Bosco prizes in Italy. His third novel, "Silk, "became an immediate bestseller in Italy and has been translated into twenty-seven languages. It is the basis of an opera by Andre Previn and a film produced by Miramax.
Ann Goldstein is Senior Curator at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
"Alessandro Baricco's new novel is about religion and sin, the sacred and the blasphemous, but perhaps above all about life, about the complicated and painful ways in which we approach it, the prices we pay, the losses and gains that add up to a figure that is always open-ended. It's an eternal storynot new yet always containing original elements that can render it authentic, possible, verifiable, if we know how to see it."
"Emmaus is a book about how difficult it is to see truly, in all times and in our own time. Thus it is the story of a fictionthat is to say a universe molded over timethat shatters under pressure of the cruelties of truth. But, at the same time, it is also the story of how, amid the ruins, the confusing world of resurrection appears."
"A short, haunting philosophical novel."
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The haunting prose is soaked in a poetic sense of doom and brokenness, a hard-edged working-class lyricism reminiscent of Tillie Olson’s dustbowl classic Yonnondio.”
The Daily Beast
Praise for Silk:
"Silk has the brilliant colors...and the enchantment of a miniature...Vividly erotic."
"A riveting, lyrical love story, an accomplished historical fiction, a compact, condensed...epic about human hearts in crisis."
Alan Cheuse, All Things Considered