For all fans of Elena Ferrante, another jewel of Italian contemporary literature arrives, a novel Returned, Donatelle di Pietrantonio, a shocking story about a girl who tries to find her place in the world.
„Returned is as touching as a moving book. In this lucid study of identity and affiliation, Donatella di Pietrantonio has made the loss of her heroine a net gain for readers. “
— The Economist
Di Pietrantonio entered the literary scene at the age of 38 and already with her first novel she attracted the attention of audiences and critics. Her third novel Returned brought her the prestigious Campielo Award and sold more than 200,000 copies in Italy alone.
Told in the first person, deceptively simple and without excess sentimentality, Vraćena brings the story of a girl whom a woman she thought was her mother returns to her biological family. It is this simplicity, rude and raw words that are needed to evoke the fundamental life shocks of the main character.
“Di Pietrantonio writes with deceptive simplicity. Every scene, every detail is performed meticulously, without excess sentimentality. A painfully beautiful and destructively strong book has been returned. “
— Star Tribune
You can find this powerful and enchanting book about love and abandonment, emotional turmoil and maturation buy through the BOOKA site at a promotional price of 594 dinars.
Torn from the comfort of the life of the only child of a well-to-do family, the girl is returned, without explanation, to her poor biological parents. She finds the strength to adapt and build a new and lasting sense of self-worth in a relationship with her sister that she didn’t even know about until recently. Returned is a brilliant novel about love and abandonment, emotional turmoil and maturation, and class inequality.
“The subtle and powerful prose of Donatella di Pietrantonio brings the story of growing up, mothers, daughters, sisters and self-discovery.”
— World Literature Today
An unnamed girl, with a suitcase in one hand and a bag with shoes in the other, rings the doorbell to people she doesn’t know. In one day, she lost everything – a comfortable home, close friends and unconditional parental love. Or rather, the love of those she believed to be her parents. Without warning or any explanation, at the age of thirteen, she is returned to her biological family, among strangers who do not seem at all cordial, nor do they look forward to her return.
The confusion of the main character is shocking, just like her naive belief that her loved ones will see their mistake and come for it. For Vraćen, as her friends call her, a new life begins, a life in which renunciation awaits her, a struggle and a showdown with the woman who gave birth to her.
“Impressive and moving novel about maturation, immensely beautifully written.”
— Kirkus Review
Conjuring up such fundamental life shocks requires harsh and raw words, and Donatella di Pietrantonio perfectly masters the power of those words. Returned is a powerful, difficult and enchanting novel about love and abandonment, painful adjustment, emotional turmoil and maturation.
Donatella di Pietrantonio was born in 1963. She lives in the city of Pena, in Abruzzo, where she has been working as a pediatric dentist for more than thirty years. She entered the literary scene in 2011 with a novel My mother is a river, for which she received the Trope Award. Her second novel, My beautiful (2013), he was selected for the “Strega” award in 2014, and he also won the “Brancati” and “Vitoriano Esposito” awards from Celan.
Roman Returned (L’Arminuta, 2017) brought her numerous fans and one of the most prestigious Italian literary awards of 2017, “Campielo”. Translated into more than twenty-five languages, the novel talks about the dark forms of the mother-daughter relationship, above all about abandonment and rejection, as well as the power that sisterly love gives. To be continued Returned, roman Borgo Sud (2020), brings exactly the story of the life and connection of the two sisters.
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