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In the heart of Paris, in the posh building made famous in The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Pierre Athens, the greatest food critic in the world, is dying. Revered by some and reviled by many, Monsieur Arthens has been lording it over the world`s most esteemed chefs for years, passing judgment on their creations, deciding their fates with a stroke of his pen, destroying and building reputations on a whim. But now, during these his final hours, his mind has turned to simpler things. He is desperately searching for that singular flavor, that sublime something once sampled, never forgotten, the Flavor par excellence. Indeed, this flamboyant and self-absorbed man desires only one thing before he dies: one last taste. Thus begins a charming voyage that traces the career of Monsieur Arthens from childhood to maturity across a celebration of all manner of culinary delights. Alternating with the voice of the supercilious Arthens is a chorus belonging to his acquaintances and familiars - relatives, lovers, a would-be protégé, even a cat. Each will have his or her say about M. Arthens, a man who has inspired only extreme emotions in people. Here, as in The Elegance of Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery`s story celebrates life`s simple pleasures and sublime moments while condemning the arrogance and vulgarity of power.

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Muriel Barbery (fr.

Muriel Barbery ) Popular contemporary French writer and professor of philosophy. Muriel was born on May 28, 1969 in Casablanca (Morocco), graduated from the elite higher educational institution ENS de Paris, then taught at the Institute of Saint-Lo. In 2000, at the insistence of her husband, she submitted the manuscript of her first novel, The Treat (French Une Gourmandise ) to Gallimard. The writer`s debut was successful, her first novel was translated into 14 languages. The second book, which became an absolute bestseller in France, was the novel The Elegance of a Hedgehog (French L`Elégance du hérisson ). It was published in 2006 by the same publishing house Gallimard with a circulation of 700,000 copies. The novel was subsequently translated into 31 languages, and won a number of literary awards. In 2009, the novel was filmed. After the commercial success of her second book, the writer moved to Japan, to the city of Kyoto.  Bibliography Treat / Une gourmandise (2000) Elegance of the hedgehog / L`Élégance du hérisson (2006) Screen adaptation Le Hérisson (2009) Titles, awards and prizes [/ b ] 2000 Prix du Meilleur livre de Littérature gourmande 2000 pour "Une Gourmandise" 2001 Prix Bacchus-BSN, pour "Une Gourmandise" 2006 Prix Georges Brassens pour l`Élégance du hérisson. 2007 Prix Rotary International 2007 Prix des libraires pour l`Élégance du hérisson. 2007 Prix des Bibliothèques pour Tous, pour l`Élégance du hérisson Links Writer`s blog

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