Hill

byJEAN GIONOTranslated byPaul EprileIntroduction byDavid Abram

April 5, 2016|
Hill by JEAN GIONO
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Deep in Provence, a century ago, four stone houses perch on a hillside. Wildness presses in from all sides. Beyond a patchwork of fields, a mass of green threatens to overwhelm the village. The animal world—a miming cat, a malevolent boar—displays a mind of its own.

The four houses have a dozen residents—and then there is Gagou, a mute drifter. Janet, the eldest of the men, is bedridden; he feels snakes writhing in his fingers and speaks in tongues. Even so, all is well until the village fountain suddenly stops running. From this point on, humans and the natural world are locked in a life-and-death struggle. All the elements—fire, water, earth, and air—come into play.

From an early age, Jean Giono roamed the hills of his native Provence. He absorbed oral traditions and, at the same time, devoured the Greek and Roman classics. Hill, his first novel and the first winner of the Prix Brentano, comes fully back to life in Paul Eprile’s poetic translation.
Title:HillFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:144 pages, 8 X 5 X 0.4 inShipping dimensions:144 pages, 8 X 5 X 0.4 inPublished:April 5, 2016Publisher:New York Review BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1590179188

ISBN - 13:9781590179185

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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