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    Susanna Tamaro



Author: Susanna Tamaro

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.

Publisher: Bompiani
Publish Date: 2014
Page Count: 124, paperback

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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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