OUT NOW

UTTERLY GRIPPED ME FROM BEGINNING TO END

Victoria Hislop

MOVE OVER FERRANTE, THERE’S A NEW ELENA IN TOWN’

Independent

THERE IS MUCH BEAUTY AND SADNESS IN THIS SLIM NOVEL’

The Times

 

Elena Varvello - CAN YOU HEAR ME? - Two Roads Books‘A beautiful, stark, poignant account of fear, love and loss’ Emma Flint, author of Little Death

‘There won’t be another novel this rich, this compelling, this extraordinarily satisfying for a long, long time’ Bret Anthony Johnston, Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award winner 2017

‘Readers will devour this novel in one sitting’ Karen Dionne, author of The Marsh King’s Daughter

Viciously gripping’ Kirsty Wark, author of The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle 

‘Beautiful, intense and original… Brings to mind Cormac McCarthyHuffington Post Italy

‘One of the best Italian novels of 2016’ Alessandro Baricco, author of Silk

‘Both a noir and a coming-of-age novel reminiscent of Niccolò Ammaniti’s I’m Not ScaredIl Messaggero

‘A noir of ordinary life, bloodless and thus even more ruthless’ La Stampa

Keeps the reader glued to the page‘ Repubblica

 

A riveting coming-of-age story, told with the breathless precision of a Hitchcock noir by a masterful new voice in Italian literature.

1978.
Ponte, a small community in Northern Italy: peaceful woods, discarded rubbish, a closed-down factory. An unbearably hot summer like many others, wilted flowers and trips to the waterfalls.

Elia Furenti is sixteen, living in a secluded house with his parents, a life so unremarkable that even its moderate unhappiness has been accepted as normal.
That is until the day the beautiful, damaged Anna returns to Ponte and firmly propels Elia to the edge of adulthood.

But then everything starts to unravel.

Elia’s father, Ettore, is let go from his job and loses himself in the darkest corners of his mind.
A young boy is murdered, shaking the small community to its core.
And a girl climbs into a van and vanishes in the deep, dark woods…

Smart, dark, page-turning: like a mash-up of Stephen King and Cormac McCarthy, or an episode of Twin Peaks directed by Hitchcock – with a touch of Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge.

Translated from Italian by Alex Valente.

Elena Varvello author pic (copyright Federico Botta) - Two Roads BooksELENA VARVELLO was born in Turin, Italy, in 1971. She has published two collections of poetry, Perseveranza è salutare and Atlanti, a collection of short stories, L’economia delle cose (nominated for the Premio Strega, the Italian equivalent of the Man Booker Prize), and a novel, La luce perfetta del giorno.
She teaches Creative Writing at the Scuola Holden in Turin.
Can you hear me? is her first novel to be published in English.

Alex Valente Two Roads BooksALEX VALENTE is is a European half-Yorkshire, half-Tuscan freelance translator.
He has researched comics, poetry, and their translation, co-edits The Norwich Radical, regularly translates for Italian literary agencies, and does voluntary work for non-profit organisations.
He’s on Twitter as @DrFumetts.

 

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