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The Margin Hardcover – 1969
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Love and death are intimately counterpointed in this sensitive and sensual novel by Andre Pieyre de Mandiargues, for which he was awarded the prestigious Prix Goncourt for 1967. This is the story of Sigismond Pons, a Frenchman who leaves his young wife and son for a short business trip to Spain. Arriving in Barcelona, he finds a letter from home. Opening it, he glimpses , in frozen horror, a few words:"Threw herself off the tower... died instantly..." Emotionally unable to read on, he pockets the letter and , like a stunned sleepwalker lives for three days int he notorious red-light district of Barcelona.