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    Susanna Tamaro


Every Word Is a Seed

Author: Susanna Tamaro

Beauty and harmony are the only paths to joy, but contemporary man is afflicted with “major spiritual anxiety”, and prone to “chilling fanaticism”. In this collection of essays, Susanna Tamaro investigates the reasons for today’s lack of stability and peace, and poses the question of man’s relationship with urbanization. “Silence is dying and disappearing, and with it our humanity”. How can we grasp the mystery and splendor of life if we cannot renounce worldly possessions, and do not know how to teach our children that commotion prevents a real dialogue? With a new introduction by the author.

Publisher: Bompiani
Publish Date: 2013
Page Count: 103, paperback

Foreign Rights

(Seix Barral)



Susanna Tamaro (Trieste, 1957) moved to Rome when she was 19 years old to attend the Experimental Center of Cinematography. After graduating with a degree in film direction, she worked on various television documentaries, and as an assistant to the esteemed Italian director Salvatore Samperi. In 1981, during a month-long stay in a small town on the Austrian-Hungarian border, she wrote her first novel Illmitz, which was refused by over 30 publishers. She was not published until 1989, and her debut novel, Head in the Clouds, won her the Elsa Morante Opera Prima Prize. In 1994, she wrote the bestselling novel Follow Your Heart, which became the most commercially successful Italian book of the century. It sold over 16 million copies in 40 countries, and was adapted into film by Cristina Comencini. She currently lives on a self-sufficient farm in the Umbrian countryside, where she produces honey. In addition to writing, gardening, and practicing martial arts, she devotes her time to various humanitarian projects that assist women and children. In 2000, she founded the Tamaro Foundation, which is funded by donations and her books.
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