The House of Scorta

Laurent Gaude

Published by Anchor Canada, 2008
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Synopsis: An epic tale of love, lies, and a family’s disgrace in the unforgiving south of Italy.

After receiving stunning critical acclaim and France’s most prestigious literary award, the Goncourt Prize, Laurent Gaudé’s The House of Scorta (published in France as Le Soleil des Scorta) has sold more than 400,000 copies. Spanning five generations in a small village in southern Italy, Gaudé’s novel is laced with infamous crimes, forsaken loves, and lifelong secrets.

The saga of the Scortas opens in 1870 with Rocco Scorta Mascalzone, the bastard product of a rape and a notorious scoundrel whose legacy the family is forced to confront. While their lineage seems doomed to struggle, the Scortas are blessed with an imposing pride and a relentless faith in their own power. Besides a little tobacco shop they manage to open with their years of savings, their wealth all but lies in their memories and their collective belief in the pursuit of happiness.

Gaudé’s omniscient, linear narrative is interwoven with the recollections of the old Carmela as she delivers her last confession to the family priest, exposing the family’s deep-buried secret.

From the Publisher: "The already operatic story line is embellished with grandiose flourishes – burning desire that leads to an actual fire, guilt that gnaws until its sufferer starves to death – but, happily, it is also underpinned by a deeper concern with sacrifice and redemption." – The New Yorker

"Gaude does a remarkable job of sketching his characters...and there are many wonderful events and lovely interludes... [a] bewitching novel." – San Francisco Chronicle

"Gaude’s remarkable feel for such graceful human behavior makes The House of Scorta never less than charming and sometimes strikingly truthful." – Financial Times

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Title: The House of Scorta
Publisher: Anchor Canada
Publication Date: 2008
Book Condition: Fair
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