Description - The Alphonse Courrier Affair by Marta Morazzoni
Alphonse Courrier possesses all the might reasonably make a man content: a prosperous ironmonger's business and a position of respect in his Auvergne village, a dutiful, coolly beautiful wife who runs an irreproachable household, two healthy sons, and a hidden mistress - "the ugliest girl in the village but probably the happiest". Prying eyes and wagging tongues, however, are the life force in a small community, and though Courrier thinks he can play the village gossips with the same skill he brings to the card table, life has a way of dealing the hand you least expect ...
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(195mm x 130mm x 11mm)
The Harvill Press
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Author Biography - Marta Morazzoni
Marta Morazzoni was born in Milan in 1950. She teaches literature in a secondary school. She has written three novels and a volume of short stories, Girl in a Turban, described by The Times as "subtle, ironic, an altogether outstanding collection of stories". The Alphonse Courrier Affair was the winner of the prestigious Campiello Prize and the Independent Foreign Fiction Award, which is awarded to the author and translator jointly. Emma Rose won the John Florio prize with the first book she translated, Marta Morazzoni's novel His Mother's House.