Madame Verona Comes Down The Hill (Paperback)
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Madame Verona Comes Down The Hill (Paperback)

(author), (translator)
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Paperback 160 Pages
Published: 05/08/2010

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Years ago, Madame Verona and her husband built a home for themselves on a hill in a forest above a small village. There they lived in isolation, practising their music, and chopping wood to see them through the cold winters. When Mr Verona died, the locals might have expected that the legendary beauty would return to the village, but Madame Verona had enough wood to keep her warm during the years it would take to make a cello - the instrument her husband loved - and in the meantime she had her dogs for company. And then one cold February morning, when the last log has burned, Madame Verona sets off down the village path, with her cello and her memories, knowing that she will have no strength to climb the hill again. Poignant, precise and perfectly structured, this is a story of one woman's tender and enduring love - as a wife, and as a widow.

Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 9781846271571
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 161 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 12 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A delightful oddity of a book ... written in a quirky style, and manages to be witty, wise and moving - David Wood, Waterstone’s Books Quarterly

An intimate, unsentimental portrayal of European rural life ... In Verhulst's landscape, nature is ruthless, amoral and never benign, and human memory a cruel mirage ... His best sentences are gorgeously resonant - Gordon Darroch, Herald

Ageing, bereavement and death are sombre themes, yet this novel's treatment of them is agreeably entertaining ... this tale of enduring love is often preposterous, sometimes poignant and, above all, consistently charming - Peter Carty, Independent

It's rare to find a book that captures so many emotions. Rich in descriptive voice, Madame Verona Comes Down the Hill is a warm and affectionate novel ... A charming novel by one of the Netherlands' rising stars, Madame Verona Comes Down the Hill is a timeless novel about love, loss and village life - Cherie Federico, Aesthetica

A brilliantly eccentric fable ... Verhulst is a writer of great charm, his tale of grief snaking its way effortlessly between the ludicrous and the poignant - Cameron Woodhead, Age (Melbourne)

The book is not a slice of the bucolic rural, and while dealing with dark matters is not grim either. Rather, it delicately toys with the whimsical, in a love story about decay - Lucy Sussex, Age (Melbourne)

You taste the God-given writing talent in almost every sentence - Elsevier

A fable of enduring passion - Financial Times

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