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Bloodlines by Marcello Fois
  

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A family saga imbued with mythic qualities, set in Sardinia during the early twentieth century.

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Synopsis

Bloodlines by Marcello Fois

When Giuseppe Mundula first sees Michele Angelo Chironi across the corridor of a Sardinian orphanage, the reserved blacksmith realises he has found the son and heir he never knew he needed. And when, a few years later, Michele himself looks down from a church rooftop and sees the beautiful Mercede, the quiet orphan realises he has found the woman he will marry. So begins Marcello Fois' magisterial domestic epic of the lives and loves of the Chironi family, as they struggle through war and fascism. Deftly endowing familial horrors with mythical resonance, Fois creates a Dantesque triptych that inscribes the history of twentieth-century Sardinia onto a single misbegotten household.

Reviews

Written with a lyrical, poetic flair, it's an affecting tale of the brutal realities that make life so hard but also those things that make the struggle worthwhile. * Glasgow Herald * His poetic style is reminiscent of classics such as Manzoni's The Betrothed and Lampedusa's The Leopard -- David Platzer * Tablet * Fois
descriptive prose is lavish, powerfully evoking time and place. It

's as if nature is possessed of a richness of expression that humans have yet to acquire . . . Mazzarella's translation is flawless -- Jethro Souter * Independent *'


About the Author

Marcello Fois was born in Sardinia in 1960 and is one of a gifted group of writers called 'Group 13', who explore the cultural roots of their various regions. He writes for the theatre, television and cinema, and is the author several novels, including The Advocate (2003). Silvester Mazzarella is a translator of Italian and Swedish literature. He lives in Canterbury.

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Book Info

Publication date

2nd July 2015

Author

Marcello Fois

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Publisher

MacLehose Press an imprint of Quercus Publishing

Format

Hardback
288 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Fiction in translation

ISBN

9781848667945

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