OUT JULY 2017
‘A BEAUTIFUL, STARK, POIGNANT ACCOUNT OF FEAR, LOVE AND LOSS’
Emma Flint, author of Little Deaths (Bailey’s Women Prize for Fiction 2017 Longlist)
‘ELENA VARVELLO’S CAN YOU HEAR ME? IS RIVETING AND LUMINOUS. IT’S A GORGEOUS HEART-RENDING NOVEL THAT YOU WANT TO FINISH IN ONE SITTING – AND FEW READERS WILL BE ABLE TO RESIST THE EXQUISITE GRAVITY OF SUCH TEMPTATION – BUT IT’S ALSO A NOVEL THAT YOU LONG TO SAVOUR, TO MAKE LAST, TO DRAW OUT BECAUSE THERE WON’T BE ANOTHER ONE THIS RICH, THIS COMPELLING, THIS EXTRAORDINARILY SATISFYING FOR A LONG, LONG TIME’
Bret Anthony Johnston, internationally bestselling author of Remember Me Like This and a Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award finalist 2017
‘The best Italian novel of the year’ Fabio Geda, author of In The Sea There Are Crocodiles
‘A book to get lost in’ Paolo Giordano, author of The Solitude Of Prime Numbers
‘A world of suspense à la Hitchcock’ Gaia Servadio
‘Magnificent’ Il Manifesto
‘Beautiful, intense and original… Brings to mind Cormac McCarthy‘ Huffington 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 Scared‘ Il Messaggero
‘This novel will grab you instantly and force you to read with a growing sense of panic… 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.
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, spending day after day plotting his revenge.
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…
Translated from Italian by Alex Valente.
ELENA 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 is a European half-Yorkshire, half-Tuscan freelance translator.
He has researched comics, poetry, and their translation, edits the Arts section of the Norwich Radical, regularly translates for Booksinitaly.com, and does voluntary work for non-profit organisations.
He’s on Twitter as @DrFumetts.