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Author: Alessandro Piperno

ISBN: 9781609450748
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 21 October 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 13.5 x 3.0
It is the summer of 1986. Leo Pontecorvo, an internationally revered pediatric oncologist, is forty-eight. His beautiful wife, Rachel, is the devoted mother of Filippo and Samuel, two amiable, well adjusted pre-teens. In a sprawling villa on the outskirts of Rome, the Pontecorvos are gathered for dinner. In the living room, the evening news plays on the television. But nobody pays it any mind. That is, until Dr. Pontecorvo's name surfaces in a news item that will annihilate this moment of perfect intimacy and change the lives of the Pontecorvos forever.

Leo Pontecorvo has been accused of a vile crime, and now a spotlight is turned on him that reveals the mistakes, regrets, and contradiction of a lifetime. Every detail of his private and professional life is about to come under scrutiny, to be debated and dissected by both friends and foes, by ravenous reporters and punctilious prosecutors. Overnight, Leo Pontecorvo will be transformed into a modern-day Jove, a twenty-first century Gregor Samsa, and everyman whose fundamental guilt is assumed and who thus deserves every ounce of the ridicule and scorn that befall him.

Alessandro Poperno is widely acknowledg...

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