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The Elegance of the Hedgehog

(2008)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel (nominee)
The enthralling international bestseller.

We are in the center of Paris, in an elegant apartment building inhabited by bourgeois families. Renée, the concierge, is witness to the lavish but vacuous lives of her numerous employers. Outwardly she conforms to every stereotype of the concierge: fat, cantankerous, addicted to television. Yet, unbeknownst to her employers, Renée is a cultured autodidact who adores art, philosophy, music, and Japanese culture. With humor and intelligence she scrutinizes the lives of the building's tenants, who for their part are barely aware of her existence.

Then there's Paloma, a twelve-year-old genius. She is the daughter of a tedious parliamentarian, a talented and startlingly lucid child who has decided to end her life on the sixteenth of June, her thirteenth birthday. Until then she will continue behaving as everyone expects her to behave: a mediocre pre-teen high on adolescent subculture, a good but not an outstanding student, an obedient if obstinate daughter.

Paloma and Renée hide both their true talents and their finest qualities from a world they suspect cannot or will not appreciate them. They discover their kindred souls when a wealthy Japanese man named Ozu arrives in the building. Only he is able to gain Paloma's trust and to see through Renée's timeworn disguise to the secret that haunts her. This is a moving, funny, triumphant novel that exalts the quiet victories of the inconspicuous among us.

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October 2011 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Author(s): Muriel Barbery, Alison Anderson (Translator)
ISBN: 1-908313-12-9 / 978-1-908313-12-6 (UK edition)
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April 2010 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Elegance Of The Hedgehog
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September 2008 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Elegance of the Hedgehog
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September 2008 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Author(s): Muriel Barbery, Alison Anderson (Translator)
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December 2011 : Paperback
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Title: The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Author(s): Muriel Barbery
ISBN: 8176212237 / 978-8176212236
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January 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Elegance Of The Hedgehog
Author(s): Muriel Barbery
ISBN: 0-7531-8613-6 / 978-0-7531-8613-8 (UK edition)
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May 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Author(s): Muriel Barbery, Alison Anderson (Translator)
ISBN: 1-906040-18-4 / 978-1-906040-18-5 (UK edition)
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September 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Author(s): Muriel Barbery
ISBN: 1-933372-60-5 / 978-1-933372-60-0 (USA edition)
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August 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Author(s): Muriel Barbery, Alison Anderson (Translator)
ISBN: 1-906040-20-6 / 978-1-906040-20-8 (UK edition)
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June 2009 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Author(s): Muriel Barbery
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Title: The Elegance of the Hedgehog
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