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Head Above Water
 

Head Above Water (Trade Paperback / Paperback, New title)

By Bortolussi, Stefano

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A man with a dark secret unravels the mysteries of his past. Plagued by guilt over the drowning of his younger brother, he is strangely terrified by life. When the woman he loves becomes pregnant, he plunges into a comically disastrous liaison, fleeing from commitment and respons... read full description below.

ISBN 9780872864269
Published 1 November 2003 by City Lights Books
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, New title
Series City Lights Italian voices
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ISBN-13 9780872864269
ISBN-10 087286426X
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher City Lights Books
Imprint City Lights Books
Publication Date 1 November 2003
International Publication Date 1 October 2003
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, New title
Edition New title
Author(s) By Bortolussi, Stefano
Series City Lights Italian voices
Category Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 128
Dimensions Width: 127mm
Height: 186mm
Spine: 15mm
Weight 185g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text College/higher education
Dewey Code 853.92
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

In this romantic comedy, a man with a dark secret unravels the mysteries of his past. Plagued by guilt over the drowning of his younger brother, he is strangely terrified by life. When the Norwegian woman he loves becomes pregnant, he plunges into a comically disastrous liaison, fleeing from commitment and responsibility. Finally forced to confront his past and his evasions, he eventually learns to face his fear and finds that there are second chances after all.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Head Above Water, the debut novel of Italian poet, playwright, and translator Stefano Bortolussi, is ... an elegant, intelligent, and funny novel. A glimpse into the mind and heart of an Italian man, and, through him, into Italy itself. -- Cathleen Schine.
US Review Middle-aged writer awkwardly attempts to make peace with his past-and grow up while he's at it. Riccardo ( Cardo ) Mariano has a knack for falling in love with women during shipwrecks. A novelist from Milan, Cardo met Solveig ( Sol ) in a coastal town in Norway when she accidentally sank his dinghy by ramming it with her father's fishing boat. It wasn't the best introduction imaginable, but it worked: Sol eventually became Cardo's lover, moved to Italy with him, and became pregnant with his child. Before the baby was born, however, Cardo made the mistake of coming to the aid of Cate, a young woman whose kayak had run aground off a tiny island near his rowing club. As he struggled to extricate her craft, both Cate and Cardo fell overboard-and into each other's arms. Guilt-ridden, Cardo later confessed his adultery to Sol, who promptly packed up and returned to Norway to have the baby on her own. Alone and out of sorts, Cardo began to look over the mess he had made of his life. The son of a Milanese businessman who abandoned the family after the death of Cardo's younger brother Michele, Cardo had grown up in the 1970s and was a true son of his age: He was nihilistic, angry, and self-indulgent. Deeply involved in the various Marxist sects that dominated Italy in the post-Vietnam years, Cardo had never really had any strong political convictions and he dropped his involvements eventually as easily as he dropped most of his girlfriends. Now he began to see that his rootlessness had something to do with the death of Michele, and his attempts to sort out his feelings toward his dead brother serve to clarify his longings for Sol and their child. Before long, he makes another trip to Norway. Very deftly handled: Italian poet Bortolussi's debut has a light touch that keeps Cardo from taking himself too seriously-and thereby keeps all of this from veering into a swamp of sentimentality and self-absorption. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author's Bio

Stefano Bortolussi is an Italian novelist, critic, translator and poet. He also writes a monthly column for Italian Esquire and works frequently in theater and film.

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