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The Last Homeland

Translated by Howard Curtis

The air, until that moment as still and stagnant as a mountain puddle, began slowly, inexplicably, to move, bringing a breath of cold, healthy wind that dried the tears on her face and stirred her long hair. That breath from the north was rousing her, calling her as a father calls a daughter. She recognised it immediately. It was the wind from the border, the wind she had known before. It had come to pity her and raise her up, to command her to keep going.

In the two years since Jole and her father Augusto returned home from across the border, peace has reigned in their mountain village. But the calm is shattered by the arrival of two bandits, who have heard of Augusto’s hidden gold and are determined to take it for themselves. When Augusto and his wife are murdered during a botched robbery, Jole finds herself alone. Moved by a thirst for revenge and armed only with her father’s rifle, she and her horse Samson set out in search of justice.

Matteo Righetto
About the Author

Matteo Righetto lives and works in Padua, at the border of the wilderness of north-eastern Italy. Among his best-known novels are the celebrated La pelle dell’orso (The Bear Skin), recently made into a film, and Apri gli occhi (Open Your Eyes), winner of the Premio Cortina 2016.

Howard Curtis has more than thirty years’ experience working as a...

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About the Translator

Howard Curtis has translated more than a hundred books from French, Italian and Spanish, ranging from classic authors to contemporary fiction.

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Extent:
224pp
Format:
Paperback
Text publication date:
17 March 2020
ISBN:
9781922268426
AU Price:
$19.99
NZ Price:
$24.00
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Praise for Matteo Righetto
andThe Last Homeland

‘(A) taut, stylish novel…Will appeal to fans of Cormac McCarthy, and it almost reads like a European version of a western. A stark and beautiful natural setting, strong female protagonist, and the rhythm and raw economy of the prose make Soul of the Border seductive.’

‘A mix of Cormac McCarthy-esque brutalist writing with a coming-of-age story’

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  • The Last Homeland
    ebook
    ISBN: 9781925923193
    17 March 2020
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