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CAFFÈ AMARO
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CAFFÈ AMARO

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Product ID: 9788807031830
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Description
AUTHOR: Simonetta Agnello Hornby
PUBLISHER: Feltrinelli Editore
YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2016
GENRE: Contemporary narrative, Historical reference, Romance
RECOMMENDED AGE: Adults
NUMBER OF PAGES: 350
FORMAT: Paperback 14cm x 22cm
LANGUAGE: Italian

ITALIAN DESCRIPTION:
"Caffè amaro" è un altro splendido romanzo di Simonetta Agnello Hornby, denso di atmosfere sensuali e profumate d’antico. Gli occhi grandi e profondi a forma di mandorla, il volto dai tratti regolari, i folti capelli castani: la bellezza di Maria è di quelle che gettano una malìa su chi vi posi lo sguardo, proprio come accade a Pietro Sala - che se ne innamora a prima vista e chiede la sua mano senza curarsi della dote - e, in maniera meno evidente, all'amico Giosuè, che è stato cresciuto dal padre di lei e che Maria considera una sorta di fratello maggiore. Maria ha solo quindici anni, Pietro trentaquattro; lui è un facoltoso bonvivant che ama i viaggi, il gioco d'azzardo e le donne; lei proviene da una famiglia socialista di grandi ideali ma di mezzi limitati. Eppure, il matrimonio con Pietro si rivela una scelta felice: fuori dalle mura familiari, Maria scopre un senso più ampio dell'esistenza, una libertà di vivere che coincide con una profonda percezione del diritto al piacere e a piacere. Attraverso l'eros, a cui Pietro la inizia con sapida naturalezza, arriva per lei la conoscenza di sé e dei propri desideri, nonché l'apertura al bello e a un personalissimo sentimento della giustizia. Durante una vacanza a Tripoli, complice il deserto, Maria scopre anche di cosa è fatto il rapporto che, fino ad allora oscuramente, l'ha legata a Giosuè. Comincia una rovente storia d'amore che copre più di vent'anni di incontri, di separazioni, di convegni clandestini in attesa di una nuova pace.

ENGLISH DESCRIPTION:
"Bitter Coffee" Sicily in the early twentieth century. An unforgettable female character. An unconventional love story. Only Simonetta Agnello Hornby could have written it. Big, deep, almond-shaped eyes, regular features, thick brown hair: Maria’s beauty is of the kind that casts a spell on anyone who sets eyes on it. Baron Pietro Sala falls in love with her at first sight, asking for her hand in marriage, unconcerned by the dowry. So, less obviously, does her friend Giosuè, who was brought up by her father and whom she regards as an older brother. Maria is only fifteen years old, Pietro thirty-four; he is a wealthy bon viveur who likes travel, gambling and women; she comes from a Socialist family of high ideals but limited means. Yet marrying Pietro proves to be a good decision: outside the family home, Maria discovers a broader sense of existence, a free way of living which coincides with a profound perception of the right to receive and give pleasure. Through erotic love, into which Pietro initiates her with intriguing naturalness, Maria gains knowledge of herself and of her desires, as well as openness to beauty and to a personal sense of justice. During a holiday in Tripoli, in the magical atmosphere of the desert, Maria also discovers the nature of the relationship that has, hitherto obscurely, linked her to Giosuè. So begins a passionate love story which lasts through more than twenty years of meetings, separations, and clandestine rendezvous in search of a new peace. From the Sicilian Workers’ League to the rise of Fascism, from the racial laws to the Second World War and the devastating bombing raids on Palermo, Simonetta Agnello Hornby follows her main character, making her story and that of her personal decisions an account of a crucial period of the history of Sicily and Italy.
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