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Synopsis: The first major book by one of Italy’s most distinguished novelists to appear in America – an award-winning fictional memoir of a man’s transfiguring experiences raising a son whose disabilities were caused at birth by the carelessness of a single doctor.
After thirty years of visits to specialists, Professor Frigerio–the articulate, unsentimental, powerfully expressive narrator–remembers what one doctor told him only months after his son Paolo was born: “These children are born twice. Their second birth depends on you, on what you are able to give to them. But in the end you too will be reborn.” And as he recounts this journey–his tone ranging from lyrical to angry, humorous to philosophical–we are witness to the emotional and intellectual vicissitudes he has faced: from his guilt at having had an affair during his wife’s pregnancy to his son’s endless medical struggles to his moments of denial and rage as he navigates a world full of obstacles, cruelty, and indifference. But at the heart of this story is Paolo, an extraordinary child we witness grow up to become a teenager who teaches his parents a thing or two while coping exceptionally well with all the questions, curiosities, and dreams of any young man his age. Here, too, is a finely drawn portrait of Paolo’s mother and brother, and of the life of a family bearing the weight of both great tragedy and great love.
Born Twice is a remarkable novel–compassionate and rigorous in its exploration of fatherhood, and of the often surprising nature of disability.
From the Back Cover:
“[S]ubversive, deeply affecting . . . hard to shake.” –The San Francisco Chronicle
“[A]rtful . . . . [L]ays bare the . . . stakes in representing the disabled.”—The New York Times Book Review
“[C]ompassionate, deeply moral.”—Publishers Weekly
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Title: Born Twice
Publication Date: 2002
Book Condition: Used: Good
Book Description Knopf, 2002. Book Condition: Good. 1.. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP7612836
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Book Description Knopf, 2002. Book Condition: Good. 1.. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP96208077
Book Description Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Book shows a small amount of wear to cover and binding. Some pages show signs of use. Bookseller Inventory # G0375413103I3N00
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Book Description Alfred a Knopf, N . Y., 2002. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Cover Art (illustrator). 1st. X-Library with normal flaws.The hard cover and the jacket has light shelf wear.Moisture stain on the front end page. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hard Back. Bookseller Inventory # NO 37131
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Book Description Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2002. hardcover. Book Condition: Fine copy in fine dust jacket. 1st edition.. 8vo, 192 pp., Translated from the Italian by Oonagh Stransky. Bookseller Inventory # 065974
Book Description Knopf, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0375413103