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Don't Move by Margaret Mazzantini

Don't Move

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This is startling, stomach-punching stuff. Intelligent, beautifully written, raw and candid. Basically an eminent Italian father waits for his daughter to wake from an operation on head injuries sustained when knocked off her scooter. This is the start. You imagine her life or death will be your emotional path through this book, wrong. It is the father’s duplicity, guilt and strange passion that he pours out in a confessional story that completely takes over the tragedy we are witnessing. Wow. It won prizes in Italy.

Comparison: Bernhard Schlink, Colum McCann, William Nicholson (adult).
Similar this month: Glen Duncan, Andrew Greig.

If you like Margaret Mazzantini you might also like to read books by Kitty Fitzgerald, J M Coetzee and Hilary Mantel.

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Don't Move by Margaret Mazzantini

Timoteo: high-flying career as a surgeon, beautiful wife, luxurious apartment, villa by the sea - he seems the epitome of success and glamour. But then his daughter falls off her scooter and is rushed to the hospital in a coma. A colleague operates on her head injuries and, while the agonised Timoteo awaits the outcome, he holds the reader in the vice-like grip of his confession. For, beneath the veneer of his apparently charmed life, there is a story of squalor, degradation, deceit and strange passion. The story of a doomed love affair with a woman who, from the moment Timoteo meets her, undermines everything he thought he knew about himself. Mazzantini's chilling portrait of a supremely self-assured man losing control has taken readers by storm across the world. Highly atmospheric, subtly disturbing, it keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout. In the end, the suspense of wondering whether Timoteo's daughter will live is overtaken by the question of deciding just how much pity her guilty father deserves.

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Highly charged stuff-the writing is tense, taut and very graphic * Daily Telegraph * Like the ancient mariner, Timoteo's story grips you to the end * Daily Mail * A psychological study of passion, degradation and guilt...a powerful depiction of the struggle in human nature between the ephemeral quest for love and the quest for self-knowledge * Financial Times * A powerful, visceral and unforgettable story * Panorama * Exhilarating * New York Times *

About the Author

Margaret Mazzantini
Margaret Mazzantini was born in Dublin and now lives in Rome. She trained as an actress but left the stage to concentrate on writing. Don't Move is her second novel and won the prestigious Strega Prize. She has three children and is married to the actor Sergio Castelitto, who will star, alongside Penelope Cruz, in the forthcoming film of the book.

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3rd March 2005


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272 pages


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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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