Subjugated by the color of gold, a young man in search of absolute beauty decides to become a beekeeper. After two seasons of apprenticeship and two harvests, his hives are destroyed by fire. Aurélien then sets off for Africa, discovers Abyssinia and the land of giant bees. He meets strange figures there, including an African woman with skin the color of honey. Back in France, an engineer helps him realize a dream: to construct Apipolis, the city of bees. A philosophical tale that is poetic and musical, L’Apiculteur is a passionate adventure about a search for symbolic gold. An initiatory novel in the same vein as Silk and The Alchemist.
Maxence Fermine : Maxence Fermine is the author of Le Violon noir (2000), published here as The Black Violin by Atria Books in 2003, L’Apiculteur (2000), forthcoming from Acorn Books Ltd., Neige (2001), published as Snow by Atria Books in 2002, Opium (2002), and Billiard Blues (2003). Rights to his novels have been sold in over ten different countries. Amazone is the winner of the 2004 Prix Livres et Musiques de Deauville.