Maxim Jakubowski September 2016 Highly Recommended.
Baricco is an Italian author who treads a delicate line between fables (SILK) and the post-modern novel (MR GWYN). His latest combines both these strands with elegance and disconcerting imagination and proves an absolute delight. In an unknown country at an unknown time, or then it could be Italy at the turn of the century, a young woman arrives at the door of an imposing house and is ambiguously greeted by its motley, bizarre inhabitants, a family with quirks to spare. She is promised to their son and is now of age and come to marry him, but he is away overseas on a mysterious mission of trade. Her interactions with the endearing household are tentative, erotic, cautious and, as days tick by and there is no news of the errant son, soon the past story is unveiled, layer by delicate layer, a story within stories of love, brothels, sleep and art. Opaque, fascinating and delicate, a story that will insidiously grow roots in your mind. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
The hand of the young woman in question has been promised to the scion of a noble family. She is to make her preparations for marriage at the family’s villa, where the inhabitants never seem to sleep. The atmosphere turns surreal as the days pass and her presence on the family estate begins to make itself felt on her future in-laws.
In this erotically charged and magical novel, Alessandro Baricco portrays a cast of mysterious characters who exist outside of the rules of causation as he tells a story, an adult fable, about fate and the difficult job of confronting the Other and creating an Us.
Publication date: 04/08/2016
Publisher: Europa Editions
|Publication date:||4th August 2016|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Alessandro Baricco, loved by readers worldwide for his innovative take on magic realism, his atmospheric novels and memorable characters, is one of Italy’s bestselling and most acclaimed authors. His previous novels have been published in the UK by Canongate and Vintage in the US.More About Alessandro Baricco