The House on Via Gemito : Winner of the Strega Prize

The House on Via Gemito : Winner of the Strega Prize

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Oonagh Stransky

Category: Fiction General

Format: Paperback / softback

Publication date: 6/15/23

Publisher: Europa Editions (UK) Ltd

ISBN 13: 9780198810506

Total Pages: 480 pages

Weight: 450

Dimensions: 208 x 136 x 39

The modest apartment in Via Gemito smells of paint and white spirit. The living room furniture is pushed up against the wall to create a make-shift studio, and drying canvases must be moved off the beds each night. Federi, the father, a railway clerk, is convinced of possessing great artistic talent. If he didn't have a family to feed, he'd be a world-famous painter. Ambitious and frustrated, genuinely talented but full of arrogance and resentment, his life is marked by bitter disappointment. His long-suffering wife and their four sons bear the brunt. It's his first-born who, years later, will sift the lies from the truth to tell the story of a man he spent his whole life trying not to resemble. Narrated against the background of a Naples still marked by WWII and steeped in the city's language and imagery, The House on Via Gemito - first published 20 years ago - is a masterpiece of contemporary Italian literature.