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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.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Fiction: Special Features / Fiction In Translation

On Sale: 30th June 2014

Price: £9.99

ISBN-13: 9781848664098


'It is a long time since I last came across a writer with such a deep, poetic sense of nature and the ability to convey it' Andrea Camilleri.
Andrea Camilleri
'His descriptive prose is lavish, powerfully evoking time and place ... Translator Silvester Mazzarella's triumph is to allow the poetry and imagery to flourish without letting it grow wild and tangled' Independent.
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
His poetic style is reminiscent of classics such as Manzoni's The Betrothed and Lampedusa's The Leopard
David Platzer, Tablet
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