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The Discovery of Dawn Hardcover – Sep 9 2008

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli Ex Libris (Sept. 9 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847831094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847831098
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 1.8 x 21.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,343,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

The captivating first novel by Italian politician Veltroni (a former member of parliament, mayor of Rome and candidate for prime minister) starts slowly but hardens into a touching, absorbing story about a man who reclaims his past. Giovanni Astengo keeps his life at arm's length: the father of a 12-year-old girl with Down syndrome, Stella, and a forlorn, world-weary 20-year-old, Lorenzo, Giovanni is also still searching for his own lost father, who vanished during a period of political terrorism in 1977. Revisiting the country house his parents used to frequent, Giovanni discovers there that he can call his 13-year-old self (on the eve of his father's disappearance, no less) by dialing his old phone number. Over the phone, Giovanni tries to change the future by having his younger self look for clues about his father's disappearance. There are fascinating intellectual tenets coursing through Veltroni's work, and the bond that forms between the two Giovannis is beautifully realized, as is the clarity that the older Giovanni finally achieves. (Aug.)
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"The captivating first novel by Italian politician Veltroni...starts slowly but hardens into a touching, absorbing story about a man who reclaims his past." ~Publisher's Weekly

"...this book should nevertheless appeal to followers of contemporary European fiction." ~Library Journal

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HASH(0x9d4bc7ec) out of 5 stars The reality of the written word May 2 2009
By Barbara A. Lee - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is an intriguing, if not wholly satisfying, novel by the former Mayor of Rome and until recently leader of Italy's main opposition party. It is told in the first person by an archivist of diaries, who feels compelled to solve the mystery of his father's life before he can tell his own story. The protagonist's experience, like that of all of Veltroni's generation, was deeply affected by the terrorism that engulfed Italy in the 1970s, and his gradual understanding of what that means is part of the story. As the narrator symbolically works to restore the overgrown garden of his family's empty country house, he discovers a way to explore the past--or is he exploring only his own imagination? Although Veltroni strongly hints that only what is written and read is real, he falls short of taking a position on the difference between imagination and reality, leaving readers to make their own judgments. But the questions raised are important ones, and the suggested answer intriguing. We may hope Mr. Veltroni will revisit some of these ideas in future works of fiction.
HASH(0xa25e46f0) out of 5 stars BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ Jan. 2 2013
By DZDZ - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. It's the best I've ever read. The interesting thing about it is that it seems so real; also, the fact that it was written by the former mayor of Rome makes it pretty special!
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By Andrea Colcelli - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Save your money and time, do not buy the book; highly disappointing, I couldn't get through it. Boring, tasteless and a very bad prose. It would deserve a no star rating.

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