Thirty-year-old Jean Giono shocked the French literary world in 1929 with HILL, this stark, unforgettable little debut novel of a tiny village of just four houses on a hill, and what happens when the hill becomes angry and the well goes dry. A sensational success in his lifetime, Jean Giono fell from favor during the Second World War as a pacifist in France, a very unpopular position to take. Thanks to New York Review Books, this excellent new translation reads as a sublime affirmation of the natural world and the human race’s place in it, and Giono emerges as a brave moralist in troubled times. Virtually out of print today, films have been made of several of his most popular books, and NYRB has another Giono translation in the works. HILL is almost 90 years old, but it has the punch of a novel written yesterday. It goes on sale April 5, and is just over 100 pages long. Get ready for a superb reading experience!



by Jean Giono

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The fountain has mysteriously gone dry that brings water to four stone houses on a lonely hill in Provence. The hill is angry with the dozen small-lot farmers who make a life there. Superstition is afoot. A black cat is glimpsed lurking.

With only wine left to drink, the inhabitants are forced to follow the village simpleton through the danger-filled night to find out how he always returns home at night drenched – and discover more than they ever intended.

Now they’re no longer sharing their water, as misunderstandings lead to harsh words, mounting fears escalate, and a raving old man leads them all to the wrong conclusion.

Jean Giono

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If you’ve read the modern French giants, Proust and Gide, Camus and Sartre – chances are you may have missed Giono, and you will not forget him.

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