First Execution

byDomenico StarnoneTranslated byAnthony Shugaar

March 6, 2009|
First Execution by Domenico Starnone
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From Domenico Starnone, the Strega-prize winning author of Ties (2017), a stylish metaphysical novel about the art of teaching, the fear of terrorism, the sinuous paths that self-delusion lead us down, and the travails of growing old. Mild-mannered retired teacher Domenico Stasi learns that Nina, a former student of his, is being held as a suspected terrorist. His first thought is to contact her-only her innocence can reassure him that his teachings have not contributed to the creation of a monster. But instead of the comforting proclamations of innocence Stasi was hoping to hear, Nina coolly alludes to her guilt. She then entrusts him with a simple task that soon turns deadly serious. A lethal game has now been put intoplay and nothing can stop its course. Yet matters may not be entirely as they appear. Into the story steps Domenico Starnone-author, retired teacher himself, character in his own fictional world-and First Execution becomes an exhilarating voyage to that murky terrain where fiction and real life mix. Central to this novel is one of history''s most enduring philosophical dilemmas: to what extent do we bear the responsibility for actions taken or not taken? Domenico Starnone will discover through his encounter with Domenico Stasi that even a lifetime of commitment to firm principles cannot provide an unassailable answer to this question, nor can it appease a man''s guilty conscience. Indeed, in this electrifying literary novel, only one thing appears certain: no one is innocent.
Domenico Starnone was born in Naples in 1943 and now lives in Rome. He is the author of eight novels and numerous books of non-fiction. In 2001, he was the recipient of italy''s most prestigious literary prize the Strega. Antony Shugaar''s translations for Europa Editions include For Grace Recieved by Valeria Parrella, Everybody''s R...
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Title:First ExecutionFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:160 pages, 8.23 X 5.34 X 0.5 inShipping dimensions:160 pages, 8.23 X 5.34 X 0.5 inPublished:6 mars 2009Publisher:Europa EditionsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1933372664

ISBN - 13:9781933372662

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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