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Rombo

Translated from the original German by Caroline Schmidt
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ABOUT
THE BOOK

In May and September 1976, two earthquakes ripped through north-eastern Italy, causing severe damage to the landscape and its population. About a thousand people died under the rubble, tens of thousands were left without shelter, and many ended up leaving their homes in Friuli forever. In Rombo, Esther Kinsky’s sublime new novel, seven inhabitants of a remote mountain village talk about their lives, which have been deeply impacted by the earthquake that has left marks they are slowly learning to name. From the shared experience of fear and loss, the threads of individual memory soon unravel and become haunting and moving narratives of a deep trauma.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Esther
Kinsky

Esther Kinsky grew up by the river Rhine and lived in London for twelve years. She has written three volumes of poetry, two novels and has translated many notable English and Polish authors into German. River won the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize 2016, the Franz Hessel Prize 2014 and the Kranichsteiner Literature Prize 2015 amongst others. Photo Credit: Matthes Seitz

Esther Kinsky grew up by the river Rhine and lived in London for twelve years. She has written three volumes of poetry, two novels and has translated many notable English and Polish authors into German. River won the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize 2016, the Franz Hessel Prize 2014 and the Kranichsteiner Literature Prize 2015 amongst others. Photo Credit: Matthes Seitz

ABOUT
THE TRANSLATOR Caroline
Schmidt

Caroline Schmidt was born in Princeton. She translated Esther Kinsky’s Grove, and has translated poetry by Friederike Mayröcker, and art historical essays, museum catalogues and exhibition texts for Albertina in Vienna and Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, among others. She lives in Berlin.

Caroline Schmidt was born in Princeton. She translated Esther Kinsky’s Grove, and has translated poetry by Friederike Mayröcker, and art historical essays, museum catalogues and exhibition texts for Albertina in Vienna and Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, among others. She lives in Berlin.

NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

Vivid description of how nature, landscape and their critical changes impact / disrupt human lives.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
05/10/2022
Country
Germany
Original Language
German
Author
Publisher
Fitzcarraldo Editions
Translator
Caroline Schmidt
Translation
Translated from the original German by Caroline Schmidt
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