Londra, "inverno dello scontento" 1978. Chris, quarantenne infelicemente sposato, abborda una ragazza per strada, scambiandola per una prostituta. Lei, una giovane serba di nome Roza avventurosamente arrivata a Londra, è divertita dall'equivoco e ha così inizio un'amicizia seduttiva, che si dispiega per tutto il libro. A ogni visita di Chris, Roza narra qualche episodio della sua esistenza: l'infanzia in Serbia sotto Tito, l'adorato padre partigiano, l'infelice amore con Alex, il lavoro in un club per soli uomini? Una straordinaria, seducente figura femminile sullo sfondo della recente storia europea e dei Balcani.
Louis de Bernières è nato a Londra nel 1954. Ha raggiunto il successo internazionale con Il mandolino del capitano Corelli. Tra i suoi libri, pubblicati in Italia da Guanda: Etichette, Red dog, Don Emmanuel e la guerra delle bacche, L'impossibile volo, La diabolica prole del cardinale Guzmán.
- ISBN: 8830425931
- Casa Editrice: Longanesi
- Pagine: 196
Chris, the narrator of the story, is a forty-year-old Englishman trapped in a loveless marriage to an insipid wife whose veins run on skimmed milk (a figure of speech of course - she doesn’t literally have skimmed milk in her veins. That would be ridiculous). Bedevilled by frustration and desperate f Leggi tutto
Che brutto libro, e che fatica finirlo. Un vero strazio. Ma è veramente lo stesso De Bernières che ha scritto Il mandolino e L'impossibile volo ? Speravo che ce ne fosse in giro un altro con lo stesso nome e che per un malaugurato caso mi fosse capitato in mano un libro del "sosia"… ma la triste veri Leggi tutto
A novella about an unusual love affair between a lonely Brit and an illegal immigrant from Yugoslavia. When? At the end of the 70s. The central theme is the complicated love affair, but also the plight of illegal immigrants and the lies we tell each other. The stories we fabricate. I never knew for
"A Partisan's Daughter" is the unusual story of a modern Scheherazade. Chris is a lonely salesman in a loveless marriage in 1970s London. He impulsively stops by a woman dressed like a streetwalker. She told him that she wasn't a prostitute, but he could give her a ride home to make up for his mista Leggi tutto
To tell the truth, the only reason I bought this book in the first place was because I had a coupon that I was itching to spend, and this was the first book I could find that looked remotely interesting. Afterwards, it sat in my room, gathering dust, until I decided to organize my book collection in Leggi tutto
Nobody does love and loss like De Bernieres. This is Scheherezade retold but in it, everyone is trying to save themselves in different ways. It's also about the power of storytelling itself. It starts a bit slowly and initially the characters are not entirely sympathetic, but as the veils come off
This isn’t so much a story as the recalling of someone telling a story – all very arm’s length. For this reason I found it hard to get into, and I was constantly reminded that as much as anything else it was a way of proving that Louis de Bernieres’ encyclopaedic knowledge of international history a Leggi tutto
A Partisan's Daughter is the latest novel by Louis de Bernieres, the first since Birds Without Wings . It is a very small novel, almost a novella. Set in the late 70s and early 80s, it is the story of a young Serbian woman, Roza, who is living illegally in Britain and Chris, a middle-aged traveling s Leggi tutto
Scheherazade redivivus! We exist in the minds of others and in our own minds in the tales we tell about ourselves. Our autobiographies are always (intentionally and unintentionally) works of creative nonfiction and sometimes are entirely invented to enhance our self-esteem, to entertain our friends, Leggi tutto
"You shouldn't think people love you. You should wait for it to be said because if you push it, it rolls over the edge and it gets broken." (Paraphrased). Roza appears to be too trusting and she is the kind that when people treat her in a certain way and do certain things for/to her, she concludes th Leggi tutto
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