The Horseman on the Roof
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Horseman on the Roof by Jean Giono
Book DescriptionPerhaps no other of his novels better reveals Giono's perfect balance between lyricism and narrative, description and characterization, the epic and the particular, than "The Horseman on the Roof." This novel, which Giono began writing in 1934 and which was published in 1951, expanded and solidified his reputation as one of Europe's most important writers.This is a novel of adventure, a "roman courtois," that tells the story of Angelo, a nobleman who has been forced to leave Italy because of a duel, and is returning to his homeland by way of Provence. But that region is in the grip of a cholera epidemic, travelers are being imprisoned behind barricades, and exposure to the disease is almost certain.Angelo's escapades, adventures, and heroic self-sacrifice in this hot, hallucinatory landscape, among corpses, criminals and rioting townspeople, share this epic tale.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780865470606
Paperback / softback
(190mm x 130mm x 33mm)
Imprint: North Point Press
Publisher: North Point Press
Publish Date: 1-Jan-1982
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Jean Giono
Hill, Paperback / softback (April 2016)
First published in French by Bernard Grasset as Colline in 1929.
Man Who Planted Trees, Hardback (March 2015)
In 1910, while hiking through the wild lavender in a wind-swept, desolate valley in Provence, a man comes across a shepherd called Elzeard Bouffier. Staying with him, he watches Elzeard sorting and then planting hundreds of acorns as he walks through the wilderness.
Angelo, Paperback (December 2009)
Angelo, a young Hussar colonel and expert swordsman, has had to escape into France from his native Piedmont after killing an Austrian police-spy in a duel. Travelling the roads of Provence disguised as a French workman, he falls in with an eccentric marquise, Celine de Theus, and becomes a guest at the chateau.
Horseman On The Roof, Paperback (December 2009)» View all books by Jean Giono
In the white heat the sky is opaque, the air leaden and the light intense. A single cavalryman wonders at the oppressive atmosphere of the unfamiliar countryside he is entering. But Angelo does not cease journeying, dodging blockades and quarantine imposed by troops - determined to find his childhood friend, Giuseppe.
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Author Biography - Jean Giono
Jean Giono was born in Manosque, a small Provencal town in southeastern France. He wrote more than fifty novels, poetry collections, and plays, and in addition translated the works of Smollett and Melville into French. He died in 1970.
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