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El autor presentaba la edición italiana de este libro, que tuvo un éxito extraordinario, con estas palabras: Ésta no es una novela. Ni siquiera es un cuento. Ésta es una historia. Empieza con un hombre que atraviesa el mundo, y acaba con un lago que permanece inmóvil, en una jornada de viento. El hombre se llama Hervé Joncour. El lago, no se sabe. Se podría decir que es una historia de amor. Pero si solamente fuera eso, no habría valido la pena contarla. En ella están entremezclados deseos, y dolores, que no tienen un nombre exacto que los designe. Esto es algo muy antiguo. Cuando no se tiene un nombre para decir las cosas, entonces se utilizan historias. No hay mucho más que añadir. Quizá lo mejor sea aclarar que se trata de una historia decimonónica: lo justo para que nadie se espere aviones, lavadoras o psicoanalistas. No los hay. Quizá en otra ocasión.

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Fecha de lanzamiento1 abr 1997
ISBN9788433928016
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Alessandro Baricco

Alessandro Baricco (Turín, 1958), además de numerosos ensayos y artículos, es autor de las novelas Tierras de cristal (Premio Selezione Campiello y Prix Médicis Étranger), Océano mar (Premio Viareggio), Seda, City, Sin sangre, Esta historia, Emaús, Mr Gwyn, Tres veces al amanecer y La Esposa joven, publicadas en Anagrama, al igual que la majestuosa reescritura de Homero, Ilíada, el monólogo teatral Novecento y los ensayos Next. Sobre la globalización y el mundo que viene, Los bárbaros. Ensayo sobre la mutación,The Game, Una cierta idea de mundo, Lo que estábamos buscando y El nuevo Barnum. Dirige, además, la Scuola Holden de Turín.

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  • Calificación: 4 de 5 estrellas
    4/5
    it's very enjoyable
  • Calificación: 5 de 5 estrellas
    5/5
    What a gorgeous little book this is! It is only 91 pages and most of those pages are not completely filled because each new chapter starts on a new page. I read most of it while sitting in the Assiniboine Park conservatory surrounded by lush vegetation and beautiful flowers. Truly a perfect setting for a lush and beautiful book. At the core this is a love story but there is also a mystery and a travelogue and history worked into it. Herve Joncour lives in a small town known for weaving silk. He provides the silk worms that produce the silk thread for the mills. When he first started he was able to travel to around the Mediterranean for the silk worms. Then those places started having epidemics that killed the worms so he had to travel to Syria and Egypt. The time came when those worms were also infected. In order to get untouched eggs Joncour took the long road to Japan which was just starting to open its doors to westerners. In Japan he met a silk worm merchant who had a non-Oriental woman as a companion. Joncour could not speak Japanese and the woman spoke only Japanese but they managed to convey their feelings of love to each other. Four times Joncour went to Japan and saw the lady but they never touched each other. Who was this woman? We never find out. And that's just one of the mysteries.
  • Calificación: 5 de 5 estrellas
    5/5
    A tale, but not a tale. A novel, but not a novel. A sad story, but not a sad story. A love story, but not a love story. Silk is everything summed up in a few lines. A masterpiece.
  • Calificación: 4 de 5 estrellas
    4/5
    Simple but effective prose.Recommended.
  • Calificación: 5 de 5 estrellas
    5/5
    More a prose peon than anything else,of short story length. a french man engaged in the silk trade travels regularily to the close world of ?19th century Japan , falls in love with a Japanese woman and she with him but they are barley able to talk and are culturay and socially seperate.Exquisite work.
  • Calificación: 4 de 5 estrellas
    4/5
    Rather depressing, but very well written. Reminds me obstrusely of Melville's 'bartleby the scrivener'.
  • Calificación: 4 de 5 estrellas
    4/5
    This slight book, which can be read in an hour or so, is possibly the most romantic love story I've ever encountered. In spare, beautiful prose,Allessandro Baricco tells the story of Herve Joncour, a French silk merchant, who in 1861 establishes the first silkworm trade of its kind between Japan and France. While in Japan, he meets a lovely young woman who haunts his very being, although they never say a word to each other.What transpires between this young woman, Herve and his wife, Helene is a beautiful story of love, tenderness and sacrifice. I found myself holding my breath through most of the lovely passages. Fable-like in its simplicity,historically accurate, beautifully told and highly recommended.
  • Calificación: 4 de 5 estrellas
    4/5
    A slight (88 small pages) but rich novella of a 19th century silk merchant who travels to Japan and falls in love with a concubine, without ever exchanging words with her. "Silk" is like a beautiful piece of music with motifs repeated throughout and each of the merchant’s journeys to Japan is a variation on a theme. The language is spare but lyrical and caught me up completely. A quick but very satisfying read.
  • Calificación: 2 de 5 estrellas
    2/5
    Most readers seem to find this book haunting and poetic, but I'm not so sure. It is certainly clever and elegant in its presentation of the story: the folktale-like structure with short chapters and extensive use of repetition, the delicate use of blank pages (where the publishers really make their profits), the imagery of birds and silk, etc. I haven't seen the film, but the book is clearly drafted in such a way that you could slot in a few headings and have a ready-made filmscript, so I'm sure it works very well on the screen.On the other hand, it seems to be little more than a shameless recycling of the old cliché of the industrial West and the passive East, dolled up with a few ironic touches to make it respectable. The eroticism struck me as no more convincing than that of a lingerie advertisement - again, cleverly done, building up slowly, and with an ironic get-out clause so that the author can't quite be accused of sexism or orientalism, but it still seems to be exploiting all the ways of representing women (passive, mysterious, sensual, silent,...) that go with the classic orientalist approach.
  • Calificación: 5 de 5 estrellas
    5/5
    This is a spare, lyrical prose poem that you will read all too quickly and then want to start over and read it again at a more leisurely pace. Lovely little read.
  • Calificación: 3 de 5 estrellas
    3/5
    Silk is a short novel—so short that I finished reading it within the space of an hour two. It’s the story of Herve Joncour, a French merchant of silkworm eggs, who travels to Japan. While there, his attention is caught by a young woman, with whom he has an affair.As I’ve said, this is a pretty short novella—my edition is only about 90 pages, most of which is white space. There are lots of short chapters in this book, lots of short sentences, ideas half realized. The love affair between Herve and the young woman in Japan is so muted and mysterious that it’s nearly indiscernible. There’s not much characterization, so we don’t ever really get to know Herve or any of the other characters in this book (his love interest isn’t even given a name!). This makes it very hard for the reader, in the end, to really care about the characters—or the love story.For such a short book, there’s a lot of repetition, too; the author mentions over and over again how Herve’s paramour doesn’t have oriental eyes, or Herve’s numerous trips from France to Japan and back again. And what's with the obsession with Lake Baikal, which has nothing to do with the story? I’m sure there’s a lot of emotional wealth to this book, but I just didn’t “get” it, I guess. I lived in Japan for a while as a child, and the details on Japanese culture are a bit suspect and sketchyt—as are the descriptions of the West in the 1860s. It’s not that this is a bad book, it’s just that I didn’t particularly care for it.
  • Calificación: 5 de 5 estrellas
    5/5
    I found myself totally captivated by this odd yet hauntingly beautiful story of love. This short little book fills its pages with so much mystery, suspense and love that I found myself wanting to read it again and again, gaining more from it with each reading, yet never quite knowing it completely, never quite finding answers to my many questions, but able to accept that. I loved the author's use of repetition as emphasis as well as his sparse style of writing with prose that smoothly moves the story forward with a dream-like quality that lingers in your mind long after you finish it. I'm very eager to now search out other books by this author. Highly recommend.
  • Calificación: 5 de 5 estrellas
    5/5
    A short read, even a slow reader could probably finish it in a day. The language is rhythmic and compelling in its repitition of phrases, and the story is sad and sensual.
  • Calificación: 4 de 5 estrellas
    4/5
    This is a jewel of a book. Poetic and sensual. A short novella. Very spare - hardly any descriptive details, but SOooo much is said! A love so intense it unhinges the mind is how the book was described and that is certainly true. So much is made of Herve’s love for the mysterious woman in Japan, but so little is said about Helene’s love for Herve --- just as passionate, just as intense, just as all-consuming. And her sacrifice is greater, I think.Also saw the movie – gloriously filmed but the actor is miscast as Herve.
  • Calificación: 4 de 5 estrellas
    4/5
    Beautiful, if somewhat mysterious, short tale of man who travels to edge of the known world, Japan, to procure silkworms, and who mysteriously falls in love.
  • Calificación: 3 de 5 estrellas
    3/5
    Ok book. Not as good as advertized.
    Read it in about 1.5 hours.
  • Calificación: 4 de 5 estrellas
    4/5
    a small, very poeticly unexcitedly novella, to be read slowly. I liked it a lot.
  • Calificación: 5 de 5 estrellas
    5/5
    Having gorged myself on a diet of weighty Russian and India novels recently I scanned my bookcase for a palate cleanser. With no anticipation I began reading Silk.Reading the sparse pages in one sitting of almost poetry like prose, the often repetitive narrative captivated me. It drew me in much the same way as Herve Joncour was drawn to the round eyed, child faced concubine of Japan.The back story of the French – Oriental silk trade held my interest but mostly I was overwhelmed by the light, almost non-existent nature of the tale, silk like, you could say. I closed the book, sated, having been part of an evocative, sensual world, with a tear on my cheek.
  • Calificación: 3 de 5 estrellas
    3/5
    Silk is a novella told in the spare style of writers like Paulo Coelho and Italo Calvino. It is about Herve Joncour, a frenchman who buys and sells the eggs of silkworms in the mid-1800s. Because there is a blight in the European silkworm eggs, he is sent further and further abroad, eventually ending up in Japan. There he meets a women that he falls in love with, without ever hearing her speak or being intimate with her.

    Most of the chapters are less than a page, and the author uses a lot of repetition in his prose to set a dramatic pace for the story. It is very eloquent in its compressed nature, and the writing is quite powerful at times. At other times, it feels a bit forced.

    I can't say I loved this book, and I can't say I'll go back and read it again and again, and I can't say that it's an especially heart-rending love story (as purported from the front cover). I can say that it is a very interesting book and worth the hour that it took me to blow through it.
  • Calificación: 4 de 5 estrellas
    4/5
    Beautifully written, simple story about an Italian man who finds adventure and learns about himself traveling to Japan to buy silkworms for his community.