Limbo A Novel

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2015-11-10
  • Publisher: Picador
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It's Christmas Eve and twenty-seven-year-old Manuela Paris is returning home to a seaside town outside Rome. Years ago, she left to become a soldier-a platoon commander in the Afghan desert-fleeing an unhappy, rebellious adolescence. Now she's fleeing something else entirely: the memory of a bloody attack that left her seriously injured.

Numb and adrift, she is startled to life by an encounter with a mysterious stranger, a man without a past who is, like her, suspended in his own private limbo of expectation and hope. Their relationship, at once confusing and invigorating, forces her to confront her past and the secrets she is hiding.

In chapters that toggle between Manuela at home and in Afghanistan, Melania G. Mazzucco limns a story of love and loss, death and resistance. Limbo asks its readers, no less than its protagonist, what it means to be a daughter, a sister, a woman, a citizen, a soldier, a veteran-or, more simply, a human.

Author Biography

<p><b>Melania G. Mazzucco</b> has written nine novels, including <i>Vita </i>(FSG, 2005), which was awarded the prestigious Strega Prize and named a <i>New York Times Book Review </i>Editors' Choice. For <i>Limbo</i>, she was awarded the Premio Elsa Morante and the Premio Bottari Lattes Grinzane. Her many other honors include receiving the Viareggio Tobino Literary Award in 2011 (as writer of the year), the Premio Vittorio De Sica for fiction in 2012 and the Premio Ignazio Silone in 2013. She lives in Rome, Italy. <b></b></p><p><b>
Virginia Jewiss</b> received her Ph.D. in Italian literature from Yale University, where she is currently Lecturer in the Humanities. Her translations include Roberto Saviano's <i>Gomorrah</i> (FSG, 2007) and screenplays by Paolo Sorrentino, Matteo Garrone, and Gabriele Salvatores. Her translation of Melania G. Mazzucco's novel <i>Vita</i> was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2005.</p><p>

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