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Other Press (NY)
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5.2 X 8.0 X 1.1 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Mario Fortunato was born in Cirò, Calabria, Italy. For three decades he worked as a literary critic for the Italian current affairs magazine L'Espresso and continues to work as a columnist for the German daily paper Süddeutsche Zeitung. He has been a member of the Italian Cinema Commission of the Ministry of Culture and the International Advisory Board of the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, is a founder of the Napoli Teatro Festival Italia, and Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in London. He is also a former director of the Antonio Ratti Art Foundation and former columnist for The Guardian and Le Monde. In addition to writing novels, he has translated into Italian works by Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf, and Henry James. South is his first novel to appear in English.

Julia MacGibbon has translated works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, including Marta Barone's Sunken City. She lives near Rome.


"[An] exuberant, dizzying family saga...[a] wild ride through twentieth-century Italy, both political and personal." --Booklist

"A sweeping story of family, community, and country, South is a saga in the truest sense of the word. In lush, enthralling, often funny prose, Fortunato beautifully captures both the great dramas and small poignancies that make up a life." --Francesca Giacco, author of Six Days in Rome

"Gorgeous, sensual, seductive, and magnetic...a journey through time, history, space, passions." --Giornale di Brescia

"[Fortunato's] most beautiful book...a family saga with all the nuances of love and pain." --Convenzionali

Praise for Mario Fortunato:

"As I read Fortunato's writing, I have the impression of being faced with that kind of writer, rare in Italian literature, who, despite starting from a poetic state of mind, nevertheless manages to be a storyteller." --Alberto Moravia

"Mario Fortunato is a natural storyteller." --Doris Lessing