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Feb. 14, 2018
Donatella Di Pietrantonio
Fiction: General/Other
There are novels which touch such deep, fundamental chords that they seem to call us by name.From the very first page, this is what happens in L’Arminuta, when the protagonist, holding a suitcase in one hand and a bag of shoes in the other, rings the doorbell of an unfamiliar door. It is opened by her sister Adriana, with smudgy eyes and messy braids. They have never seen each other before. This is the beginning of the explosive and fascinating story of a young girl who, from one day to the next, loses everything – a comfortable home, her best friends, the unconditional affection of her parents. Or better, of the people she thought were her parents. They tell her that her real family is a different one and that the
time has come to take her back to them because her original parents want her back. But is this really true?
Thus begins a new and very different life for the “Arminuta” (the “Returned”), as her schoolmates call her with the cruel precision of children. The bed she has to share with Adriana, the meals she has to contend for with her older brothers, the family chores, a baby brother to care for, her father’s silence, her mother’s gruff ways. Only her excellent grades at school seem to still link her to her former life. But one of her brothers, Vincenzo, looks at her as though she were already a woman. And maybe she can lose herself in that restless, cunning gaze in order to start finding herself once again.
Donatella Di Pietrantonio deals with the topics of maternity, responsibility and care from an original perspective and with rare expressive intensity. Her writing style has a unique voice, a sharpedged yet luminous grain. She is able to steer a white-hot story in which a double abandonment can only be accepted by returning to the origin, the body, oneself.
She also takes us to a little-known Abruzzo, a rough and harsh land which can suddenly be illuminated by reflections of the sea.
Rights sold:
Czech Republic (Argo Publishing), Denmark (HR Ferdinand), France (Seuil), Germany (Kunstmann), Greece (Ikaros Books), Israel (Kinneret), Lithuania (Lithuanian Writers’ Union Publishers), Norway (Cappelen Damm), Simplified Chinese rights (Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press - FLTRP), Slovakia (Inaque), Sweden (Polaris), The Netherlands (Serena Libri), Turkey (Efil Yayinevi), World English Rights (Europa Editions), World Spanish Rights (Duomo Ediciones)
Other Information:
Winner of the 55th Edition of the Campiello Prize 2017.

Valeria Zito
Giulio Einaudi editore
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