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Happiness, as Such
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher New Directions
Publication date June 25, 2019
Pages 176
Binding Paperback
ISBN-13 9780811227995
ISBN-10 0811227995
Dimensions 0.60 by 5.20 by 8 in.
Weight 0.42 lbs.
Original list price $15.95
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The hauntingly beautiful epistolary novel from “a glowing light of modern Italian literature” (New York Times Book Review)

At the heart of Happiness, as Such is an absence―an abyss that pulls everyone to its brink―created by a family’s only son, Michele, who has fled from Italy to England to escape the dangers and threats of his radical political ties. This novel is part epistolary: his mother writes letters to him, nagging him; his sister Angelica writes, missing him; so does Mara, his former lover, telling him about the birth of her son who may be his own. Left to clean up Michele’s mess, his family and friends complain, commiserate, tease, and grieve, struggling valiantly with the small and large calamities of their interconnected lives.

Natalia Ginzburg's most beloved book in Italy and one of her finest achievements, Happiness, as Such is an original, wise, raw, comic novel that cuts to the bone.



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