Title: THE FORCE OF THE PAST: A NOVEL - Rare Fine ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Ecco/HarperCollins Publishers, 2003
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 230 pages. Published in 2003. The author's first novel to be translated into English. Now considered a contemporary classic. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Sandro Veronesi's "La Forza del passato" in a felicitous English translation. His international breakthrough. "After being confronted by a strange man who seems to know an uncomfortable amount of information about his family, Gianni Orzean thinks the worst and escapes with his family to the countryside. Orzan develops a relationship with this sinister man and in doing so, strengthens his relationship with his recently deceased father (whom Gianni never much liked). Gianni always knew his father to be a Fascist supporter and retired Italian army officer, often at odds with his left-wing son. What Gianni is told by this strange visitor, however, is that his father was really a KGB spy, carrying out his mission to infiltrate Italian Fascism and the army. As Gianni struggles with whether to accept these stories as fact or fiction, and struggles to reconcile his relationship with his father, he also confronts some startling developments in his own family. Veronesi is a master storyteller who keeps his readers breathless until the very end". The Past in The Present, the past as the single most powerful force in every human life (which is precisely why we seek to flee from it) is an ancient narrative. The brilliant twists that Sandro Veronesi brings to it are "without cliche, a nearly impossible feat" (Michael Spinella). An absolute "must-have" title for Sandro Veronesi collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and inscribed in black pen on the title page by the author: "Amicizia [In friendship]! Sandro Veronesi". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. There is no recipient named. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First American Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Premio Viareggio Repaci and the Premio Campiello for "La Forza del passato" ("The Force of The Past") in 2000. Winner of the Premio Strega, the most important literary prize in Italy, for "Caos Calmo" ("Quiet Chaos") in 2008. One of the most brilliant new voices in contemporary literature. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER SANDRO VERONESI TITLE IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0066212456. Bookseller Inventory # 16503
Synopsis: What do we know about our parents --
their true ideals, beliefs, and dreams?
How can we be certain?
Shortly after his father's death, Gianni Orzan reaches the disturbing conclusion that his father did not love him. Aloof and dismissive, Maurizio Orzan seldom had anything to say to his son. Moreover, he was a staunch fascist.
Or so Gianni thought. Then comes the day he's contacted by a complete stranger who has a disquieting familiarity with his life. In what amounts to kidnapping, the stranger pursues an urgent mission: to convince Gianni that the father he knew was an illusion; that Maurizio was, in fact, a double agent for the KGB.
What is Gianni to believe? If this stranger's revelations are true, they threaten to destroy Gianni's steadfast beliefs about his father's shameful, self-created identity and promise to send his life crashing down around him.
Narrated with deft wit and subtle reflection, The Force of the Past -- winner of Italy's Viareggio-Repaci Prize and the Premio Campiello and a finalist for the Zerilli-Marimò prize -- is an insightful look at how one son tries to comprehend his father's mysterious complexities, as well as a provocative, ironic examination of how men construct their own subjective versions of reality.
About the Author: Sandro Veronesi was born in Prato, Italy, in 1959. The Force of the Past, is his first to be published in America. He lives in Rome, Italy.
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