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Veronesi, Sandro (Translated by Alistair McEwen). THE FORCE OF THE PAST: A NOVEL. New York City, NY: Ecco/HarperCollins Publishers, 2003. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 230 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's first novel to be translated into English. Now considered a contemporary classic. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. The First Edition is now very scarce. Presents "La Forza del passato", Sandro Veronesi's international breakthrough, in a brilliant English translation. "After being confronted by a strange man who seems to know an uncomfortable amount of information about his family, Gianni Orzean thinks the worst and escapes with his family to the countryside. Orzan develops a relationship with this sinister man and in doing so, strengthens his relationship with his recently deceased father (whom Gianni never much liked). Gianni always knew his father to be a Fascist supporter and retired Italian army officer, often at odds with his left-wing son. What Gianni is told by this strange visitor, however, is that his father was really a KGB spy, carrying out his mission to infiltrate Italian Fascism and the army. As Gianni struggles with whether to accept these stories as fact or fiction, and struggles to reconcile his relationship with his father, he also confronts some startling developments in his own family. Veronesi is a master storyteller who keeps his readers breathless until the very end". The Past in The Present, the past as the single most powerful force in every human life (which is precisely why we seek to flee from it) is an ancient narrative. The brilliant twists that Sandro Veronesi brings to it are "without cliche, a nearly impossible feat" (Michael Spinella). An absolute "must-have" title for Sandro Veronesi and contemporary literature collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and inscribed in black pen on the title page by the author: "Amicizia [In friendship]! Sandro Veronesi". There is no recipient named. This title is a contemporary classic. This is the only signed copy of the First American Edition available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Premio Viareggio Repaci and the Premio Campiello for "La Forza del passato" ("The Force of The Past") in 2000. Winner of the Premio Strega, the most important literary prize in Italy, for "Caos Calmo" ("Quiet Chaos") in 2008. One of the most brilliant new voices in contemporary literature. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER SANDRO VERONESI TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0066212456. $150.00

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