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Can you hear me?

Can you hear me? (Hardback)

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Winner - English PEN Award'A beautiful, stark, poignant account of fear, love and loss' Emma Flint, author of Little Deaths'Extraordinarily satisfying' Bret Anthony Johnston, Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award winner'Readers will devour this novel in one sitting' Karen Dionne, author of The Marsh King's Daughter'Viciously gripping' Kirsty Wark, author of The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle1978. Ponte, a small community in Northern Italy: peaceful woods, discarded rubbish, a closed-down factory. An unbearably hot summer like many others, wilted flowers and trips to the waterfalls.Elia Furenti is sixteen, living in a secluded house with his parents, a life so unremarkable that even its moderate unhappiness has been accepted as normal. That is until the day the beautiful, damaged Anna returns to Ponte and firmly propels Elia to the edge of adulthood. But then everything starts to unravel.Elia's father, Ettore, is let go from his job and loses himself in the darkest corners of his mind.A young boy is murdered, shaking the small community to its core.And a girl climbs into a van and vanishes in the deep, dark woods...Smart, dark, page-turning: like a mash-up of Stephen King and Cormac McCarthy, or an episode of Twin Peaks directed by Hitchcock - with a touch of Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge.Translated from Italian by Alex Valente



Fiction & PoetryCrime & Thrillers Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division Publication Date: 13/07/2017 ISBN-13: 9781473654877  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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ELENA VARVELLO was born in Turin, Italy, in 1971. She has published two collections of poetry, Perseveranza e salutare and Atlanti, a collection of short stories, L'economia delle cose (nominated for the Premio Strega, the Italian equivalent of the Man Booker Prize), and two novels, La luce perfetta del giorno and La vita felice, now translated into English as Can you hear me? (English PEN Award 2017). She teaches creative writing at the Scuola Holden in Turin. elenavarvello.com ALEX VALENTE is a European half-Yorkshire, half-Tuscan freelance translator. He has researched comics, poetry, and their translation, co-edits The Norwich Radical, regularly translates for Italian literary agencies, and does voluntary work for non-profit organisations. He's on Twitter as @DrFumetts.

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