Revue de presse
Praise for ONE MORNING LIKE A BIRD(. )
'A revelatory perspective on an Eastern city in the second world war . . .The prose is as delicate as a Japanese print' (David Grylls, Sunday Times 20081020)
'Not only does he combine delicious literary conceits with thought-provoking explorations into the human condition, he has the rare gift of tossing out perfect sentences that make you stop in your tracks' (Claire Allfree, Metro 20081020)
'Miller’s delicate prose most closely recalls the tone of emotional restraint in Kazuo Ishiguro’s early novels . . . deftly coheres into a typically bittersweet resolution.' (James Urquhart, Independent on Sunday 20081020)
'Deeply moving, written with loving attention to language, it felt like Pasternak back from the dead.' (Tom Adair, Scotsman 20081020)
'Detail by delicate detail Miller conjures Yuji's dim, mysterious world of gradual dissolution." (Natalie Sandison, The Times 20080913)
'Miller’s Japanese characters are densely believable, and his recreation of their world is a real achievement' (Christopher Tayler, Guardian 20080913)
'Miller’s writing is cinematic; it has a heightened visual sense and it shifts smoothly from dialogue to mood to location. At all times the author is in command' (TLS 20081009)
Présentation de l'éditeur
WINNER OF THE COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD (2011)
A year of bones, of grave-dirt, relentless work. Of mummified corpses and chanting priests. A year of rape, suicide, sudden death. Of friendship too. Of desire. Of love . . . A year unlike any other he has lived.
Deep in the heart of Paris, its oldest cemetery is, by 1785, overflowing, tainting the very breath of those who live nearby. Into their midst comes Jean-Baptiste Baratte, a young, provincial engineer charged by the king with demolishing it. At first Baratte sees this as a chance to clear the burden of history, a fitting task for a modern man of reason. But before long, he begins to suspect that the destruction of the cemetery might be a prelude to his own.