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Conceived while his larger-than-life father, Bear Bavinsky, cavorted around Rome in the 1950s, the young Pinch learns that his father’s genius trumps everything else. After Bear abandons his family, Pinch strives to make himself worthy—first as a painter, and then as his father’s biographer, before settling, disillusioned, into a job teaching Italian in London.
And when Bear dies, Pinch hatches a scheme to secure his father’s legacy.
What makes an artist? With his signature compassion and humour, Tom Rachman conjures a life lived in the shadow of greatness. The Italian Teacher is a masterly novel about a son striving to make his own mark on the world.
‘The Italian Teacher is a marvel—an entertaining, heartbreaking novel about art, family, loyalty and authenticity. Tom Rachman is an enormously talented writer—this book is alive, from the first page to the last.’
‘Hilariously funny and blackly despairing, often at the same time.’
‘Diverting and satisfying tales, laced with just the right amount of caustic wit.’
‘When a Tom Rachman novel lands in the bookstores I stop living and breathing to devour it. It'shard to think of anyone who has a better grasp on the world we live in (and I mean, like, theentire planet) and can write about it with such entertainment and panache.’
‘Brilliantly structured, beautifully written and profoundly sad.’
‘So good I had to read it twice simply to figure out how he pulled it off…The novel is alternately hilarious and heart-wrenching.’
‘The Imperfectionists is a winning mixture of warmth, wit, poignancy, quiet insight and powerful melodrama.’