Le périple de Baldassare

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"Ce que la présence de cette femme a apaisé en moi, ce n est pas la soif charnelle d'un voyageur, c'est ma détresse originelle. Je suis né étranger, j'ai vécu étranger et je mourrai plus étranger encore. Je suis trop orgueilleux pour parler d'hostilité d'humiliations, de rancoeur, de souffrances, mais je sais reconnaître les regards et les gestes. Il y a des bras de femmes qui sont des lieux d'exil, et d'autres qui sont la terre natale."

Parti sur les routes en 1665, le narrateur de cette histoire, Baldassare Embriaco, Génois d'Orient et négociant en curiosités, est à la poursuite d'un livre qui est censé apporter le Salut à un monde désemparé. Sans doute est-il aussi à la recherche de ce qui pourrait encore donner un sens à sa propre existence.
Au cours de son périple, en Méditerranée et au-delà, Baldassare traverse des pays en perdition, des villes en feu, des communautés en attente. Il rencontre la peur, la tromperie et la désillusion ; mais également l'amour, à l'heure où il ne l'attendait plus.

Amin Maalouf a déjà publié six romans : Léon l'Africain, Samarcande, Les Jardins de lumière, Le Premier Siècle après Béatrice, Le Rocher de Tanios (Prix Goncourt 1993) et Les Echelles du Levant.
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Grasset
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Published on
Apr 5, 2000
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Pages
490
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ISBN
9782246586098
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Language
French
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Fiction / Literary
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