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About the Author
Sandro Veronesi is one of Italy's most acclaimed writers of literary fiction, as well as a poet, essayist, journalist, and playwright. He is the author of nine novels, including Quiet Chaos, which was translated into twenty languages and won the Premio Strega, the Prix Fémina, and the Prix Méditerranée. Veronesi is only the second author in the Premio Strega's history to win the prize twice.
Outstanding. A perturbing masterpiece. Absolute beauty in the smallest detail.
--Corriere della Serra
No other writer in Italy today can tell a story like Sandro Veronesi.
Powerful and seductive.
Everything that makes the novel worthwhile and engaging is here: warmth, wit, intelligence, love, death, high seriousness, low comedy, philosophy, subtle personal relationships and the complex interior life of human beings ... magnificent - moving, replete, beautiful.
The Hummingbird is a masterly novel, a brilliantly conceived mosaic of love and tragedy. Veronesi creates a thought-rich and ultimately comic meditation on human error and lost chances. It's a cabinet of curiosities and delights, packed with small wonders, strange and sudden turns, insights of great poise and unusual cultural reference points. The Hummingbird in an object lesson in authorial control. Veronesi truly knows and loves all matters of the heart.
Somehow or other Sandro Veronesi pulls off the extraordinary feat of making you believe he is writing for your ears alone. I cannot tell you what The Hummingbird is about because that would be to betray a confidence. But I can tell you it's a mightily clever novel.--Howard Jacobson, Winner of the Booker Prize
I have known for quite some time that Sandro Veronesi was one of the most skillful and profound Italian storytellers of the past thirty years. But The Hummingbird is the decisive proof of his sensitivity, of his extraordinary strength as a writer.
--Domenico Starnone, National Book Award Finalist
A great novel, vibrating with life and death, happiness and pain, nostalgia and hope for the future.
Instantly immersive, playfully inventive, effortlessly wise... a family saga that pays homage to the quiet heroism required by day-to-day existence.
--The Observer (London)