Eric-Emmanuel Schmittais one of Europe's most popularaand acclaimed authors and playwrights. His many novelsaand story collections includeaThe Most Beautiful Bookain the Worlda(Europa, 2009),aOscar and the Lady in Pink,aandaMonsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran.aA keen music lover, Schmitt has also translated intoaFrenchaThe Marriage of FigaroaandaDon Giovanniafromathe original Italian. In 2001, he was awarded the FrenchaAcademy's Grand Prix du ThUOtre. Schmitt divides his time between Paris andaBrussels.
Praise for The Most Beautiful Book in the World "Melancholy but edifying orator, light yet profound raconteur a la Denis Diderot, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt squeezes goodness from sorrow, places language, the word, on an altar, and derives from reality books that sell millions of copies." -Il Giornale (Italy) "The Most Beautiful Book in the World is as affecting as it is intelligent...Eight stories, parables on the idea of a future, filled with redeeming optimism. Truth and beauty are here brought together with all the visual beauty and power of a major literary work." -Lire Magazine (France) "A born story-teller with a talent for telling ostensibly simple tales, each suggestive of a philosophy of life, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt [in The Most Beautiful Book in the World] takes the lid off the lives of eight women in eight contrasting portraits, each time with thought-provoking piquancy and suspense, that lead to an arresting and delightful end." -La Libre Belgique (Belgium)