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The Elegance of the Hedgehog

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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Hardback Editions

October 2011 : UK Hardback
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)
Publisher: Gallic Books
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April 2010 : UK Hardback
Title: The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Author(s): Muriel Barbery
ISBN: 0-7531-8612-8 / 978-0-7531-8612-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Large Print Books
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September 2008 : USA Library Binding
Title: The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Author(s): Muriel Barbery
ISBN: 0-606-36803-5 / 978-0-606-36803-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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September 2008 : UK Hardback
Title: The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Author(s): Muriel Barbery, Alison Anderson (Translator)
ISBN: 1-906040-16-8 / 978-1-906040-16-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gallic Books
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Paperback Editions

December 2011 : Paperback
Title: The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Author(s): Muriel Barbery
ISBN: 8176212237 / 978-8176212236
Publisher: Full Circle Publishing Ltd
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January 2011 : UK Paperback
Title: The Elegance Of The Hedgehog
Author(s): Muriel Barbery
ISBN: 0-7531-8613-6 / 978-0-7531-8613-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Large Print Books
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February 2009 : UK Paperback
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)
Publisher: Gallic Books
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September 2008 : USA Paperback
Title: The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Author(s): Muriel Barbery
ISBN: 1-933372-60-5 / 978-1-933372-60-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Europa Editions
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August 2008 : UK Paperback
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)
Publisher: Gallic Books
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Audio Editions

June 2009 : USA Audio CD
Title: The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Author(s): Muriel Barbery
ISBN: 1-59887-925-1 / 978-1-59887-925-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Company
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June 2009 : USA Audio edition
Title: Elegance of the Hedgehog
Author(s): Muriel Barbery
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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Kindle Editions

September 2013 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Author(s): Muriel Barbery
Publisher: Gallic Books
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September 2008 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Author(s): Muriel Barbery
Publisher: Europa Editions
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