BACK COVER #Jean Mardet's unique passion--absinthe--possessed him one long-ago winter in the cellars of a snowbound fortress in France. Over the years he became a master distiller, abandoning his wife and children, travelling the world, but eventually returning to Provence, where he magically distilled gentian and wormwood in the seclusion of the hills.
BLURBS #"Bataille makes each word matter and every image count."
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