The last summer
An extraordinary debut book between novel, diary and autobiography with an high literary value. A marvellous example of lyric essay. Mrs. Z. is an old woman who discovers to be affected by ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). This new terrible condition takes Mrs. Z. to reconsider her past, but without any commiseration and pietism; she comes to appreciate life and things in a different way. As Charlot, Mrs. Z. things life is a tragedy when seen in close up, but a comedy in long shot. From this perspective, she tells us, with an incredible and touching humour, about her lonely childhood in Venice, her first sentimental disaster, her family and her attempts to find her place in the world.
«A talented writer, debuting at seventy, with a book that will last».
Il Sole 24 ore
«A burning fury diluted by the sense of humour».
WINNER OF THE CAMPIELLO PRIZE 2009 FIRST NOVEL
FINALIST STREGA PRIZE 2009
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