The Young Man from Savoy

a novel from Switzerland by C-F Ramuz
translated by Blake Robinson

8.5" x 5.5"
148 pages

Praise for Ramuz and The Young Man from Savoy:

I know of no other writer who has been able to ask the great metaphysical questions in terms of objects, elementary sensations, little everyday phrases.

– Denis de Rougemont, author of Love in the Western World

C-F Ramuz is without doubt one of French Switzerland's literary heavyweights, along with Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Benjamin Constant. Blake Robinson's translation captures the flow and cadence of Ramuz's poetic vision of the Lake of Geneva.

– Martin Sokolinsky, translator of A Father's Love

An impressive small novel of searching for the absolute... a remarkable find, and well worthwhile.

The Complete Review

The Young Man from Savoy is the story of Joseph Jacquet, "a young man unlike others." The existence of this village boy, hired out as a hand on a schooner, seems fated to unravel from the moment he glimpses the mesmerizing Miss Anabella, a high-wire artiste with a traveling circus. She becomes the object of Joseph's fantasizing obsession, and a catalyst for the bizarre and brutal acts that ensue.

Set at the beginning of the twentieth century in a French mountainside village overlooking Lake Geneva, this tale of all-consuming love plays out against a backdrop that is at once idyllic and askew. Vividly imagined and masterfully wrought, The Young Man from Savoy is a meditative page-turner, a novel whose spare, mutedly lyrical prose stands in contrast to the dramatic tale it recounts. In this remarkable work, acclaimed French Swiss writer C-F Ramuz has left us a lasting legacy, a work of laconic and unsettling power.

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