'In Bologna I got out of the train with my suitcase, convinced I had to change trains, I went to the bar and when I heard the departure announced ran back to the platform in time only to see the last coach with its fine sign Rome whiz past under my nose and to watch the bits of paper pirouetting on the rails in the draught. The next fast train is in an hour. I sat in the waiting-room; in front of me I have the memorial tablet for the massacre of the second of August nineteen eighty, I read the names of the dead, then an article I found in the train and meantime look at the people in the room. I think of someone who on that second of August had missed a connection, maybe someone like me...'. The Way Back is a novel of exile and return. It is the story of Davide, an Italian psychiatrist, and his Scottish wife, Julia, a singer. Travelling back in Rome from London, Davide sees before him memories of his generation: his childhood and family, political dissent and terrorism, elected exile and yearning for his native land. The peculiar prerogative of the emigre is seen to be an absolute clarity of mind where self and country are concerned. Beautifully written and hauntingly moving, The Way Back is among the most impressive Italian novels of the past few years.
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Born in Venice in 1956, Enrico Palandri published Boccalone in 1979, a manifesto of a young generation that gained him acclaim in Italy. Formerly a language coach at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Enrico Palandri is now writer in residence at London University. The Way Back, a best seller in Italy, has been a success throughout Europe.Language Notes:
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Italian
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Book Description Serpent's Tail, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1852422467
Book Description Serpents Tail, U.S.A., 1994. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. No Jacket. First UK Paper. A novel of exile and return follows Davide, an Italian psychiatrist as he returns to Rome from London with his Scottish wife. Memories return - his childhood; political dissent and terrorism, chosen exile and the desire to return.Translated from Italian by Stuart Hood. Published @ 8.99 Pounds/$14.99. Bookseller Inventory # 015512
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