A strange andcompelling tale of love and a fantastical crystal world, by the great classicauthor
'Her voice can be intimate, unpretentious, gentle,sympathetic, and disarmingly honest' New York Times
Whileworking in a small geological museum, Alexis Hartz meets his cousin Laura, whohas discovered a way to enter a geode. Travelling through a vast and glitteringlandscape of brilliant crystals, Alexis falls passionately in love withLaura.
But when they return to the ordinary world, onlyfriendship remains. He yearns for the perfect world of the crystals, andreturning there becomes a perilous obsession. But is the crystal world as realas it seems, or is his mind succumbing to its dark powers?
Firstwritten in 1864, this little known work by George Sand is a fantastical novelin the truest sense of the word.
George Sand was born Amandine-Aurore Lucile Dupin in Paris in 1804 and brought up at Nohant, her grandmother's country home. In 1822 Sand married Baron Casimir Dudevant but left him and their disastrous marriage to seek a better life in Paris. Her most famous novels portray the struggles of women against social constraints, especially marriage. Legendary for her numerous love affairs with such prominent figures as Prosper Merimee, Alfred de Musset and Frederic Chopin, Sand was also a celebrated writer whose works influenced Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Flaubert and Proust.