Silk Setting & Symbolism

Alessandro Baricco
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Lavilledieu

Lavilledieu is a town in the southern part of France. Baldabiou arrives there as a stranger; Hervé Joncour is a long-time resident who was probably born there.

Shirakawa

Hara Kei's village is located near Shirakawa. It is where Hervé Joncour meets the men who escort him to Hara Kei.

The Aviary

Hara Kei builds an aviary in his village and stocks it with exotic birds. His mistress unlocks the aviary to set the birds free but they eventually all return.

Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal is the largest freshwater lake in the world (by volume). It is located near the border between Russia (a European culture) and Mongolia (an Asian culture). It is given four different nicknames: "the sea" in Chapter 12, "the demon" in Chapter 19, "the last" in Chapter 31, and "the holy" in Chapter 43.

Café Verdun

Café Verdun is Baldabiou's favorite establishment; he visits it so often that...

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