Malacqua by Nicola Pugliese

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This is a book with a meaning and a force and a message.
Italo Calvino

Nicola Pugliese

Shaun Whiteside

Price: £10 / $15.95 (print), £5 / $8 (ebook)

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Published by:
And Other Stories

Publication date:
16 November 2017

After a four-day deluge, Naples is flooded. Buildings collapse, sinkholes appear. Strange events spread across the city: ghostly voices emanate from a medieval castle and five-lire coins begin to play music, but only to ten-year-old children. A melancholy journalist searches for meaning as the narrative takes us into the minds of those who have suffered in the floods.

Despite phenomenal initial success, the novel was withdrawn from publication at the author’s request, and not reissued until after his death in 2012. Now translated into English for the first time, Malacqua remains a timely critique and a richly peopled portrait of a much-mythologised city.

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  • The publication of Malacqua in English marks the fortieth anniversary of the original Italian publication by Italo Calvino at Einaudi.

Praise for Malacqua

  • ‘This is a book with a meaning and a force and a message.’ Italo Calvino
  • ‘A marvellous writer!’ Roberto Saviano

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