The Dry Heart

The Dry Heart

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 20/05/2021
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The Dry Heart
A masterclass in the art of the novella...
The Dry Heart is a beautiful little novella from the prolific Natalia Ginzburg, whose books are currently enjoying a little renaissance in the world of pu... READ MORE


I took the revolver out of his desk drawer and shot him between the eyes.

Four years before she shoots her husband and walks to a café for a coffee, a lonely young woman living in a boarding house meets an older man called Alberto. They go for long walks along the river and on the outskirts of the city; they look like lovers, although they’re not.

Alberto doesn’t tell her anything about himself and she asks few questions. Still, with little else to distract her, she lets her imagination run wild and convinces herself to fall in love. Though he doesn’t feel the same, Alberto asks her to marry him and they have a baby. But Alberto is a man who tires quickly of everything.

The Dry Heart is a short, dark and psychologically rich novel that forensically examines how an unhappy marriage comes to end in murder.

  • Publisher: Daunt Books
  • ISBN: 9781911547600
  • Number of pages: 120

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The Dry Heart
Just awful
Oh wow this story is unbelievably boring, all I can see it’s a moaning little woman, moaning moaning moaning. Nothing even close to the words “beautiful” “... READ MORE
Ruotong Zhao