Title: Illmitz
Author: Susanna Tamaro
Data: 2014, 124 p., paperback
Publisher: Bompiani


The coming-of-age story of Jiri, a young man traveling from Trieste to Illmitz to trace his family’s roots and find his life’s meaning. He interacts with a colorful cast of both living and dead characters along the way: his cousin Agnes, who died while crossing the street with her eyes closed to test her guardian angel; his exuberant girlfriend, whose physical presence and sexual appetite contrast his own slender body; Andrea, his childhood friend; “Frankenstein”, his bizarre neighbor; and his deceased mother. Through his self-reflective journey, Jiri finds a solution to his sense of inadequacy and fragility.







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