Monday, August 7, 2017

THE ISLAND OF BOOKS, romantic historical escapism



THE ISLAND OF BOOKS
DOMINIQUE FORTIER
(translated by Rhonda Mullins)
Coach House Books
$15.95 trade paper, available now

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The Publisher Says: The library at Mont Saint=Michel was once known as the city of books. It is there, within the grey walls of its monastery, that a portrait painter grieving the sudden death of the woman he loved finds refuge. And it's there, between the sea and the sky, five centuries later, that a novelist tries to find her words again. They meet in the pages of a notebook left out in the rain.

Like the manuscripts out bereaved—and illiterate—painter is asked to copy over earlier texts, The Island of Books reveals traces of a time before Gutenberg beneath its present. With all the passion and intellect we've come to expect from her, Dominique Fortier offers us a moving homage to books and to those who write them.

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