Strangers I Know


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Riverhead Books
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5.54 X 8.28 X 1.12 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Claudia Durastanti is a former Italian Fellow in Literature at the American Academy in Rome, and one of the founders of the Italian Literature Festival in London. She's written for Granta, Bomb, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, and is the Italian translator for Ocean Vuong and the most recent edition of The Great Gatsby, among others. This novel is her fourth book, the first to be translated into English, and the winner of the Premio Pozzale Luigi Russo, the Premio Strega Off, and a finalist for the Premio Strega. For now, she lives in Rome.

Elizabeth Harris's translations from Italian include works by Mario Rigoni Stern, Giulio Mozzi, Antonio Tabucchi, and Andrea Bajani. For her varios translations of Tabucchi, she has received an NEA Translation Fellowship, the Italian Prose in Translation Award, and the National Translation Award for prose. She lives in Wisconsin.


Praise for Strangers I Know

Formally innovative and emotionally complex, this novel explores themes of communication, family, and belonging with exceptional insight. Durastanti, celebrated in Italy for her intelligent voice and her hybrid perspective, speaks to all who are outside and in-between. Strangers I Know, in a bracing translation by Elizabeth Harris, is a stunning English-language debut.
--Jhumpa Lahiri

"Playful, looping, atmospheric and funny, Strangers I Know is a singular achievement, one of those rare books that expanded my understanding of what a novel can do. Claudia Durastanti is an absolutely thrilling writer.
--Lauren Groff, author of Matrix and Fates and Furies

Brave and deeply felt... Here the novel is not only a medium of illumination, but also a buoy cast into the dark waters of memory, imagination, and boldly embodied questions. In other words, it is my favorite kind of writing, the kind that not only tells of the world--but burrows through it, alive."
--Ocean Vuong, author of On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

A fiercely inventive, lyrical journey into the heart, and into the cultures of America, Italy, and England. Durastanti's singular voice and the intensity of her honesty stayed with me. I've never read or heard anything like this book.
--Krys Lee, author of Drifting House and How I Became a North Korean

"Claudia Durastanti's writing is lyrical and sharp, underpinned with a searching gaze that turns the everyday into something darkly beautiful. Every page feels totally, absorbingly, alive."
--Sophie Mackintosh, author of The Water Cure

"The story of an upbringing full of obstacles. Like a Dickens character, Claudia goes from one mishap to the next, always keeping her curiosity of the world and her capacity to feed deep affections." --Rai Cultura

"Halfway between Natalia Ginzburg and Joan Didion, Durastanti's [Strangers I Know] is her Family Lexicon." --L'Independente