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This is an auction for LOVE AND EMPIRE by Erik Orsenna.

This book won the Prix Goncourt in 1988.

Translated by Jeremy Leggatt.

"Dazzling ...seriously concerned with world history, yet consistently funny; outspoken, yet always tender."
- Times literary Supplement

"Arriving from France on a tide of praise and prizes, LOVE AND EMPIRE is that rare thing, a truly international novel, a book that transcends boundaries by sheer inventiveness, style and imaginative energy. Conceived in the travel section of a bookshop in 1882, Gabriel Orsenna grows up with a fixation for rubber, women and foreign parts, beginning with a trip to London to teach Logical Positivism to the staff of the Brazilian Embassy, rather a waste of time as far as Gabriel is concerned except for a lucky meeting with the Knight sisters, Clara and Ann. Clara is a Freudian who finds sex in everything. Ann is a brisk businesswoman who will only make love standing up. Gabriel's 'rubber vocation' takes him up the Amazon, to the race-tracks of Europe (where he specialises in fitting race-car tyres), to Paris under the German occupation, to London as a Free Frenchman, and to Vietnam, where the French are losing at Dien Bien Phu and his father is selling bicycles to Ho Chi Minh..."

From Wikipedia:

"Erik Orsenna is the pen-name of Erik Arnoult (born 1947), a French politician and novelist. After studying philosophy and political science at the Institute d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, Orsenna specialized in economics at the London School of Economics. He was a close collaborator of Franois Mitterrand and held several government positions in the 1980s and 1990s. He was elected to the Acadamie Francaise in 1998."

Hardback 1992.

487 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston ?North following the auction.

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