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Description - Villa Des Roses by Willem Elsschot

The gilt-lettered advertisement outside Madame Brulot's pension in the shabby rue d'Armaille promises a 'first-class family boarding house' and 'modern conveniences'. One thing is certain: few emerge from their stay at the Villa des Roses unscathed. The seduction of the new maid Louise, the tragic suicide of Monsieur Brizard, the champagne birthday party for Madame Dumoulin, the antics of Chico the monkey - these are just some of the incidents and characters that cause a sensation in the bittersweet and blackly comic world of the Villa des Roses.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781862076167
ISBN-10: 1862076162
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 129mm x mm)
Pages: 144
Imprint: Granta Books
Publisher: Granta Books
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Willem Elsschot

Willem Elsschot (1882-1960) was the pseudonym of Alfons de Ridder, head of a successful advertising agency who, unbeknownst to his family, was a hugely successful novelist in his spare time. Cheese, his breakthrough novel, was first published in Dutch in 1933 and is also available from Granta.

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