Napoleon’s Beekeeper by José Luis de Juan, translated by Elizabeth Bryer

Napoleon’s Beekeeper  by José Luis de Juan, translated by Elizabeth Bryer

An award-winning, poetical and lyrical novella exploring of how Napoleon’s war strategies parallel the behaviour of bee colonies. Set during his exile on the island of Elbe, it is told from the perspective of both N. and the local beekeeper and interweaves recorded history with the fictional lives, perspectives and complexities of these two men. A fascinating read despite its obscure subject.