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The Life of Elves


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Muriel Barbery is the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Elegance of the Hedgehog (Europa, 2008), and Gourmet Rhapsody (Europa, 2009). She has lived in Kyoto and Amsterdam and now lives in the French countryside. Alison Anderson's translations for Europa Editions include novels by Selim Nassib, Amelie Nothomb, and Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt. She is the translator of The Elegance of the Hedgehog (Europa, 2008) and The Life of Elves (Europa, 2016) by Muriel Barbery.


Praise for The Life of Elves

"Vivid imagery and a thread of mystery draw readers into the timeless and ethereal world of these young girls with a destiny to fulfill. Passionate and lyrical...a richly imagined tale full of enchanting characters whom readers will love."

"Ms. Barbery unleashes a complete magical menagerie."
--The New York Times

"Nearly a decade ago, Muriel Barbery enchanted readers the world over with her novel The Elegance of the Hedgehog--and she's back with a still-more twee tale of two children brought together by their almost supernatural connections to music and the natural world."
--The Huffington Post "The novel is essentially a parable about the power both of art, which abolishes the 'border between earth and mind, ' and of women."
--The New Yorker ". . . this fervent, idiosyncratic fable is undeniable evidence of a richly lyrical imagination."
--Kirkus Reviews " of both Barbery and fantasy from writers like Alice Hoffman and Sarah Addison Allen will be enchanted."
--Library Journal "Muriel Barbery's lyrical prose is the perfect vehicle for this stirring novel devoted to the power of nature and art to lift humanity's gaze above the mundane...all magnified by Alison Anderson's masterful translation."
--World Literature Today Magazine

"The bucolic narrative meanders into folk tale and myth as if getting lost in a lush garden."
--The Sydney Morning Herald "This fascinating tale, driven by the dream of a better world, could very well usher in a new era in French literature."
--Le Parisien (France)

"The Life of Elves is at once realistic and dreamlike. Barbery's poetic language and her endearing characters will direct readers."
--La Vie (France) "Muriel Barbery has composed a hymn-and a call-to the ancient complicity of hands, minds, and nature."
--Le Figaro (France) Praise for The Elegance of the Hedgehog "[The Elegance of the Hedgehog is] gently satirical, exceptionally winning and inevitably bittersweet."
--Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

"This story, like all great tales, will break your heart, but it will also make you realize--or remember--that sometimes the pain is worth it."
--Chicago Sun-Times
"[The Elegance of the Hedgehog tells] a beautiful story with a large cast of fascinating, complicated characters whose behavior is delightfully unpredictable."
--The Wall Street Journal

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