The House on Via Gemito

Domenico Starnone, Oonagh Stransky (trans.)

The House on Via Gemito
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Europa Editions (UK) Ltd
Country
United Kingdom
Published
8 June 2023
Pages
480
ISBN
9781787704534

The House on Via Gemito

Domenico Starnone, Oonagh Stransky (trans.)

The extraordinary novel that confirmed Domenico Starnone as one of the greatest writers in modern Italian literature.

The modest apartment in Via Gemito smells of paint and white spirit. The living room furniture is pushed up against the wall to create a make-shift studio, and drying canvases must be moved off the beds each night.

Federi, the father, a railway clerk, is convinced of possessing great artistic talent. If he didn’t have a family to feed, he’d be a world-famous painter. Ambitious and frustrated, genuinely talented but full of arrogance and resentment, his life is marked by bitter disappointment. His long-suffering wife and their four sons bear the brunt.

It’s his first-born who, years later, will sift the lies from the truth to tell the story of a man he spent his whole life trying not to resemble.

Narrated against the background of a Naples still marked by WWII and steeped in the city’s language and imagery, The House on Via Gemito - first published 20 years ago - is a masterpiece of contemporary Italian literature.

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