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Sep 12, 2017 | ISBN 9781681371375

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“An intelligent and moving translation by Paul Eprile…Giono’s book is, as Eprile maintains, ‘A Novel,’ a rich and haunting ‘voyage imaginaire,’ shedding light not just on its ostensible subject, but on its author, love and loss, and the process and calling of artistic creation…an extraordinary book which richly deserves this belated attention and fine translation. ” —Nicholas Hewitt, TLS

“A giddy fantasia on the life of Herman Melville…It’s a fetching little tale.” —Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal

“For Giono, literature and reality overlap the way that waves sweep over the shore, one ceaselessly refreshing the other and, in certain wondrous moments, giving it a glassy clearness.” —Ryu Spaeth, New Republic
“This lyrical novel reimagines Herman Melville’s life and adds a hauntingly atmospheric spin….This isn’t your typical fictionalized life of a writer—instead, it’s an unexpected meditation on the convergence of two literary lives.” —Kirkus Reviews 

“Giono illustrates how an author’s artistic output enriches and illuminates his life, in ways that historical facts cannot provide…Giono expands Melville’s context, painting him as a transatlantic heir to Milton and Shakespeare. At the same time, he also expands Melville’s own influence, cementing his impact on French culture, which has been considerable.” —Adam Fales, Los Angeles Review of Books

“Giono’s writing possesses a vigor, a surprising texture, a contagious joy, a sureness of touch and design, an arresting originality, and that sort of unfeigned strangeness that always goes along with sincerity when it escapes from the ruts of convention.” –André Gide, unpublished letter, 1929

“Melville is a powerful testament to the magic of words.” —Edmund White, The New York Review of Books

“After reading Pour saluer Melville, which is a poet’s interpretation of a poet—‘a pure invention,’ as Giono said in a letter—I was literally beside myself. How often is it the foreigner who teaches us to appreciate our own authors!” —Henry Miller

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