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ISBN 978-0-8101-6042-2
Publication Date
June 1999
Page Count
71 pages
Trim Size
5 1/2 x 9


Christophe Bataille

The new novel by the award-winning Christophe Bataille is a story of obsession. Jean Mardet's unique passion--absinthe--possessed him long ago in the cellars of a snowbound fortress in France. Over the years he became a master distiller, abandoning his wife and children, traveling the world, but eventually returning to Provence, where he magically distilled gentian and wormwood in the seclusion of the hills.

About the Author

Christophe Bataille lives in France. His first novel, Annam, was published to critical acclaim when Bataille was only twenty-one years old and won for its author France's prestigious Prix du Premier Roman. Of his three previous novels, Annam and Hourmaster have been translated into English by the poet Richard Howard, who is also known for his translations of Camus, Foucault, Barthes, and others.
"A famous lineage of devoted artists--among others, Manet, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Picasso, and Hemingway--have sought to record the numbingly delicious effects of the drink. Christophe Bataille enters their ranks, offering an elegant, though modest, contribution to the genre, a quietly reverent study of the demise of a lost potion." --Village Voice
"[T]his is a story to turn in the light of reflection like a glass of cordial in lamplight." --Booklist
"A splendid little allegory of the conflict between folkways and modern society--with an exactly appropriate bitter aftertaste." --Kirkus Reviews