The House on Via Gemito

    Domenico Starnone

    The House on Via Gemito

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"Starnone uses languages the way a great painter works with colour, conjuring the illusion of three dimensions from a blank flat surface." -Jhumpa Lahiri

"One of Italy's most accomplished novelists." -The Guardian 

"Masterly." -Times Literary Supplement 

The modest apartment on Via Gemito smells of paint and white spirit. The furniture is pushed up against the wall to create a make-shift studio, and drying canvases must be moved off the beds each night.

FederÌ, a railway clerk, is convinced that, if he didn't have a family to feed, he'd be a world-famous painter. Talented, ambitious, and frustrated, his life is marked by bitter disappointment. His long-suffering wife and their four sons bear the brunt. 

Years later, his first-born son will tell the story of a man he spent his whole life trying not to resemble. 

Narrated against the background of a Naples still marked by WWII and first published in Italy over 20 years ago, The House on Via Gemito is a masterpiece of contemporary Italian literature. 

Translated by Oonagh Stransky

Format/pages: paperback / 480 pages

ISBN: 9781787704534

Publisher: Europa Editions

Year: 2024

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