Tell Me About It

Sacha Naspini, translated by Clarissa Botsford
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A hauntingly beautiful novel about an unforgettable new heroine, and a story of undying love.

'A delightful story of the muddled, confusing time of love after loss.' - Booklist

Nives has recently lost her husband of fifty years. She didn't cry when she found him dead in the pig pen, she didn't cry at the funeral, but now loneliness has set in. When she decides to bring her favourite chicken inside for company, she is surprised to discover that the chicken's company is a more than adequate replacement for her dead husband.

But one day, Giacomina goes stiff in front of the tv. Unable to rouse the paralysed chicken, Nives has no choice but to call the town veterinarian, Loriano Bottai, an old acquaintance of hers. What follows is a phone call that seems to last a lifetime, a phone call that becomes a novel. Their conversation veers from the chicken to the past-to the life they once shared, the secrets they never had the courage to reveal, wounds that never healed.

Tell Me About It reverberates with the kinds of stories we tell ourselves at night when we cannot sleep: stories of love lost, of abandonment, of silent and heart-breaking nostalgia, of joy, laughter, and despair. With delicate yet sharp prose and raw, astonishing honesty, Naspini bravely explores the core of our shared humanity.

Author bio:

Sacha Naspini was born in 1976 in Grosseto, a town in Southern Tuscany. He has worked as an editor, art director, and screenwriter, and is the author of numerous novels and short stories which have been translated into several languages. Tell Me About It is his first novel to appear inEnglish.

Clarissa Botsford studied at Cambridge and ComparativeEducation in London before moving to Rome. She currently teaches English and Translation Studies at Roma Tre University. She translates contemporary Italian fiction and poetry.

Category: Fiction
ISBN: 9781787703803
Publisher: Europa Editions
Imprint: Europa Editions
Pub Date: August 2022
Page Extent: 140
Format: Paperback
Subject: Fiction & related items


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