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The Chill
Author: Romano Bilenchi

ISBN: 9781933372907
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 94
Published: 26 August 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 13.5 x 1.0
Romano Bilenchi's acclaimed coming-of-age story, never before published in English, is set in northern Tuscany in the 1950s. The small hill towns and rolling Tuscan countryside provide an evocative backdrop to a story that is thoroughly Italianand yet universal in its themes. Following the death of his beloved grandfather, the teenage narrator of The Chill becomes increasingly introspective - he is removed from friends, family, and even from nature itself. His growing awareness of mortality and sexuality leads to a series of difficult, confusing encounters. Each small awakening, each intimation of the adult world with all its alarming ribaldry and vulgarity, drives him closer to isolation. His reluctant journey into maturity culminates in a seemingly innocent erotic adventure that, when discovered, will possess both the destructive potential of a natural disaster as well as the possibility for rebirth. 'Every era writes and updates its own coming-of-age novel, but the narrative of adolescence is an archetype, a symbolic primal phase, and there are writers who, like Bilenchi, remain focused on that stage for their whole life . . . Bilenchi writes a sing...

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