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The author of the international bestseller Silk now delivers a ravishing and wildly inventive novel about friendship, genius and its discontents, and the redemptive power of narrative. Somewhere in America lives a brilliant boy named Gould, an intellectual guided missile aimed at the Nobel Prize. His only companions are an imaginary giant and an imaginary mute. Improbably and yet with impeccable logic--he falls into the care of Shatzy Shell, a young woman whose life up till that point has been equally devoid of human connection . Theirs is a relationship of stories and of stories within stories: of Gould s evolving saga of an underdog boxer and the violent Western that Shatzy has been dictating into a tape recorder since the age of six. Out of these stories, Alessandro Baricco creates a masterpiece of metaphysical pulp fiction that recalls both Scheherazade and Italo Calvino. By turns exhilarating and deeply moving, City is irresistible."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780375725487
ISBN-10: 0375725482
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 127mm x 19mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Vintage Books
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 17-Feb-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Alessandro Baricco

Alessandro Baricco was born in Turin in 1958. The author of three previous novels, he has won the Prix Medicis etranger in France and the Selezione Campiello, Viareggio, and Palazzo del Bosco prizes in Italy. His third novel, Silk," "became an immediate best-seller in Italy and has been translated into twenty-seven languages. It is the basis of a forthcoming opera by Andre Previn and a film to be produced by Miramax."

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