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Cesarina Vighy

The last summer

novel

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».

la Repubblica

 

WINNER OF THE CAMPIELLO PRIZE 2009 FIRST NOVEL

FINALIST STREGA PRIZE 2009 

 

The first chapter The last summer Vighy.

 

RIGHTS SOLD TO

Hoffmann & Campe • Germany

Seuil • France

Bruna Publishers • Netherlands

Roca • Spain

Bertrand • Brasil

La Campana • Spain, catalan language

wydm • Poland

Editura Trei • Romania

 

Cesarina Vighy

Born in Venice yet having resided in Rome for decades, in 2009 she came out with her first book, The last summer, a novel that met with great success among readers and critics alike, winning the Campiello debut book award, the Cesare De Lollis Award and finishing among the five finalists for the Strega Prize. After a struggle against ALS, Cesarina died on May the 1st 2010 in Rome.