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The Origin of the World, Paperback / softback Book

The Origin of the World Paperback / softback

Part of the The Margellos World Republic of Letters series


This spare, unforgettable novel is Pierre Michon's luminous exploration of the mysteries of desire.

A young teacher takes his first job in a sleepy French town.

Lost in a succession of rainy days and sleepless nights, he falls under the spell of a town resident, a woman of seductive beauty and singular charm. Yvonne. Yvonne. "Everything about her screamed desire...setting something in motion while settling a fingertip to the counter, turning her head slightly, gold earrings brushing her cheek while she watched you or watched nothing at all; this desire was open, like a wound; and she knew it, wore it with valor, with passion." Michon probes the destructive powers of passion and the consuming need for love in this heartbreaking novel.


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