A Single Rose


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Europa Editions
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5.28 X 8.35 X 0.94 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

Muriel Barbery's novels include the New York Times bestseller, The Elegance of the Hedgehog (Europa, 2008), and Gourmet Rhapsody, published by Europa Editions in 2009). Barbery has lived in Kyoto, Amsterdam, and Paris, and now lives in the French countryside.

Alison Anderson's translations for Europa Editions include novels by Sélim Nassib, Amélie Nothomb, and Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt. She is the translator of The Elegance of the Hedgehog (Europa, 2008), The Life of Elves (Europa, 2016), and A Single Rose (Europa, 2021) by Muriel Barbery.


"Barbery brings her usual lush descriptions to this slim novel, weaving traditional Japanese stories through the narrative. [A] luminous meditation on grief."--Booklist

"With elegant and careful prose, [Barbery] offers descriptions of Kyoto and Japanese culture that transcend the genre of a travelogue. This novel will appeal to readers who long for happy endings and escape."--Library Journal

"This novel offers the pleasures of a poetic travelogue and an homage to a place and culture.
A Single Rose is a modern fairy tale... an evocative, transplanted retelling of the tale of a sleeping beauty."--New York Journal of Books

"This plaintive novel impresses with its smoothness."--Publishers Weekly

"It is a joy to take a stroll with Rose and Paul while savoring the beauty of camellias, peonies and wild irises, in a world of muted, delicate colors and to the sound of their elegant words."--Ouest-France

"Though A Single Rose is centered around vulnerable, tenacious Rose, its core is found in its Japanese setting. The novel balances lush, cultivated gardens and weighted symbolism with mischievous foxes, matcha, sliced eel, and sushi, all forming "one happy chaos" and a fascinating maze of emotional release."--Foreword Reviews

"A moving and successful novel. Richly perfumed, delicate, light, and inspired."--L'OBS

"In this story Rose explores an inner self that illuminates her darkness and leads her to overcome her sadness."--L'orient litteraire

"At once a journey through a secret landscape and a poetic transposition of the enigma of love."--Actualitte