The Elegance of the Hedgehog is Muriel Barbery's second novel. It has sold over 1.2 million copies in its native France and spent almost two years on the bestseller lists. It has enjoyed similar success in Italy, Spain, Germany, and many other countries.
Muriel Barbery currently lives in Japan with her husband. Her first book, Une gourmandise, has been translated into twelve languages. It was published by Europa Editions in 2009.
The Elegance of the Hedgehog is translated by Alison Anderson, author of two books Hidden Latitudes and Darwin's Wink. For Europa Editions she has translated two novels by Sélim Nassib and The Elegance of the Hedgehog. She lives near Lausanne, Switzerland.
Muriel Barbery's website
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An Interview with Muriel Barbery by Viviana Musumeci, April 15 2008
Before becoming a literary sensation in 2007, Barbery had published Une
gourmandise (to be published in 2009 by Europa Editions), a novel that was
awarded the Bacchus-Bsn Prize. But then He arrived in all his reserved and
entertaining elegance, the Hedgehog. In other words, then came that jewel of a
book that swept aside every other bestseller in France, reaching sales of over a
million copies thanks to its readers' word-of-mouth publicity and its having
been awarded an array of prizes. The author of this masterpiece, Muriel Barbery,
is thirty-nine years old, currently resident in Japan.
What sensations does being the publishing sensation of the year provoke?
Surprise, incredulity and joy! When the book was first published in France, in September 2006, I thought that nobody would read it and I was readying myself for some other pursuit, in addition to teaching. The fact that the book corresponded to the tastes of readers, and that it has crossed the borders into other countries, surprises me. I still cannot completely explain to myself what happened. I am, also, incredibly happy about this unexpected fate. This success ...
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