Gourmet Rhapsody

byMuriel BarberyTranslated byAlison Anderson

September 4, 2009|
Gourmet Rhapsody by Muriel Barbery
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A French food critic faces his mortality in an “entertaining [and] witty” novel by the New York Times–bestselling author ofThe Elegance of the Hedgehog (Newsday).

In the heart of Paris, in the same posh building made famous inThe Elegance of the Hedgehog, Pierre Arthens, the greatest food critic in the world, is dying. Revered by some and reviled by many, Monsieur Arthens has been lording it over the world’s most esteemed chefs for years, passing judgment on their creations, deciding their fates with a stroke of his pen, destroying and building reputations on a whim. But now, during his final hours, his mind has turned to simpler things. He is desperately searching for that singular flavor, that sublime something once sampled, never forgotten, the flavor par excellence. Indeed, this flamboyant and self-absorbed man desires only one thing before he dies: one last taste.Thus begins a charming voyage that traces the career of Monsieur Arthens from childhood to maturity across a celebration of all manner of culinary delights. Alternating with the voice of the supercilious Arthens is a chorus belonging to his acquaintances and familiars—relatives, lovers, a would-be protégé, even a cat. Each will have his or her say about M. Arthens, a man who has inspired only extreme emotions in people. Here, as inThe Elegance of the Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery’s story celebrates life’s simple pleasures and sublime moments while condemning the arrogance and vulgarity of power.

“Lush and satisfying prose.”—Publishers Weekly

Muriel Barbery was born in 1969 in Casablanca. She studied philosophy at the Ecole Normale Superieure and worked for many years as a philosophy teacher in France. Her New York Times bestselling novel The Elegance of the Hedgehog (Europa Editions, 2008) has been published in over thirty countries. Barbery now lives in Japan and is ...
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Title:Gourmet Rhapsody
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:160 pages, 8.24 X 5.3 X 0.51 in
Shipping dimensions:160 pages, 8.24 X 5.3 X 0.51 in
Published:September 4, 2009
Publisher:Europa Editions
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781933372952

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