Muriel Barbery is the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Gourmet Rhapsody, The Life of Elves and A Strange Country. She has lived in Kyoto, Amsterdam, and Paris, and now lives in the French countryside. Alison Anderson's many translations include novels by Nobel Prize winner J-M.G. Le Clezio, Anna Galvada, Amelie Nothomb, Hel ne Gremillon, as well as Muriel Barbery's earlier novels.
'An ode to Japan...a magnificent, resonant, finely crafted novel.' * Le Monde * 'Muriel Barbery sows beauty on every page.' * Elle * 'In this story Rose explores an inner self that illuminates her darkness and leads her to overcome her sadness.' * L'orient litteraire * 'It is a joy to take a stroll with Rose and Paul, to savour the beauty of camellias, peonies and wild irises, in a world of muted, delicate colours, and to hear their elegant conversation.' * Ouest-France * 'A moving, accomplished novel...thoughtful, ethereal and inspired.' * L'Obs * 'The bucolic narrative meanders into folk tale and myth as if getting lost in a lush garden.' * Sydney Morning Herald on The Life of Elves * 'At its best, Barbery's imaginative tale reads as a mix of J.R.R. Tolkien and Hayao Miyazaki, epic in scope yet grounded by humor.' * Publishers Weekly * 'Readers who love meditative, dreamlike fiction will enjoy this translation, which rings with the music of the original French.' * Booklist on A Strange Country *