Madame Verona Comes Down the Hill

Author(s): Dimitri Verhulst


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.


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

Born in Belgium in 1972, DIMITRI VERHULST is the author of a collection of short stories, a volume of poetry and several novels, including Problemski Hotel (Marion Boyars) which was translated into English in 2003. All his books are widely translated in Europe and receive a lot of critical praise

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  • : 9781846271571
  • : Portobello Books Ltd
  • : Portobello Books Ltd
  • : August 2010
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : October 2010
  • : books

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  • : Dimitri Verhulst
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 839.3137
  • : 160