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Publication in France:
15 March 2018

448 pages

The Legend of Pilhauer

Daniel Cario

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The 19th century. Lazare Kerrec, considered to be the finest tailor and embroiderer in the region, has a plan to create the most beautiful of costumes imaginable, but which nobody will be allowed to wear. The finished garment, sumptuously embroidered, displays such mastery that one could be forgiven for thinking that it was the work of the devil. In 1860, unbeknownst to the embroiderer, his granddaughter decides to wear the garment for her marriage, and thereupon a series of crazed episodes and tragedies unfolds.

Decades later, Zacharie Le Kamm, a humble rag-and-bone man and the great-grandson of the tailor, inherits the garment. Although he disapproves of his adopted daughter Violette’s marriage to the son of a rich landowner, he agrees to let her wear this sublime attire on her wedding day, as if to defy the curse

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A former literature teacher in Lorient, Daniel Cario has written numerous novels, including La Miaulemort, Les Coiffes rouges, Les Chemins creux de Saint-Fiacre and Trois femmes en noir, all published by Presses de la Cité.