Fiction. Translated from the Italian by Anna Cancogni. A novel, winner of Italy's Campiello Prize, that describes the gradual breakdown of a modern intellectual in the face of the inexplicable. It portrays a university professor's attempt to discover the true identity of the author who sends him a string of threatening letters. Eventually, he comes to see that the "invisible player" is not merely behind his back, but within his soul.
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Original Language: Italian
Against a stylized backdrop of narrow alleys, dark vestibules and winding staircases, this novel, the author's American debut, focuses on a nameless professor who is attacked in a letter to the editor published in an academic journal and who becomes obsessed with discovering its anonymous writer. During the course of his investigation he comes into contact with various figures in academia who constitute an insular and nepotistic society. The professor's encounters with these colleagues deliver the novel's best satiric moments. But his quest to unmask the critic becomes tediously protracted and readers will find it difficult to muster empathy for him. The book's effect is best expressed in a metaphor from its pages: it is like "a hysterical pregnancy," eventually revealing a "truth that bursts forth in a sudden and complete release of air." In the novel's ambiguous ending, the letter writer's identity is not absolutely disclosed, and the professor's only revenge is a weak rebuttal. All this makes for an earnest performance rather than an enthralling story.
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Book Description Marsilio Pub, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1989. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. First US Paper. An anonymous letter in a magazine attacks a prominent professor. The professor becomes obsessed with finding the author of the letter, leading to a crisis in his own life.259 pages, published @ $14.00. Bookseller Inventory # 14820
Book Description Eridanos Press, 1989. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110941419150
Book Description Eridanos Press. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0941419150 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1471320
Book Description Eridanos Press, 1989. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0941419150