The Young Bride
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The Young Bride

Translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein
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ABOUT
THE BOOK

From international bestselling author, Alessandro Baricco, comes a scintillating and sensual novel about a young woman’s ingress into a fantastically strange family.

The hand of the young woman in question has been promised to the scion of a noble family. She is to make her preparations for marriage at the family’s villa, where the inhabitants never seem to sleep. The atmosphere turns surreal as the days pass and her presence on the family estate begins to make itself felt on her future in-laws.

In this erotically charged and magical novel, Alessandro Baricco portrays a cast of mysterious characters who exist outside of the rules of causation as he tells a story, an adult fable, about fate and the difficult job of confronting the Other and creating an Us.

 

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Alessandro
Baricco

Alessandro Baricco, beloved by readers worldwide for his innovative take on magical realism, his atmospheric novels and memorable characters, is one of Italy’s bestselling and most critically acclaimed authors. His novels include Silk, An Iliad, and Mr. Gwyn.

Alessandro Baricco, beloved by readers worldwide for his innovative take on magical realism, his atmospheric novels and memorable characters, is one of Italy’s bestselling and most critically acclaimed authors. His novels include Silk, An Iliad, and Mr. Gwyn.

ABOUT
THE TRANSLATOR Ann
Goldstein

Ann Goldstein (born June 1949) is an American editor and translator from the Italian language. She is best known for her translations of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Quartet. She was the panel chair for translated fiction at the US National Book Award in 2022. She was awarded the PEN Renato Poggioli prize in 1994 and was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2008.

Ann Goldstein (born June 1949) is an American editor and translator from the Italian language. She is best known for her translations of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Quartet. She was the panel chair for translated fiction at the US National Book Award in 2022. She was awarded the PEN Renato Poggioli prize in 1994 and was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2008.

NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

The Young Bride is a surreal, magical fable in a beautiful, poetic style. A young bride arrives in a majestic villa in the Italian countryside. While she awaits the arrival of her future husband, she is initiated in the peculiar rituals of their rich family members. Baricco has written a mysterious, dreamy and sensual novel with a bizarre plot. A literary feast!

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
19/07/2016
Country
Italy
Original Language
Italian
Publisher
Europa Editions
Translator
Ann Goldstein
Translation
Translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein

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