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The Mountain

Translated by Brigid Maher

It’s only baby-children who always do what they’re told. Non-children decide when to obey, and they know how to disobey. This is the last day of our life as children.

1981. Twelve-year-old Roberto, returning to the mountain village where he spends his summer holidays, renews his friendship with the intense, brooding Mattia. Bound together by contempt for ‘baby-children’ and a thirst for grown-up adventure, they drive each other to test their courage and daring. But then they decide to take on the mountain, and the expedition ends in tragedy and guilt.

Thirty years later Roberto is an art dealer in Zurich. When his father dies he is forced to confront the unresolved issues of that distant summer, to unearth a guilt kept secret for too long. But to do this he needs Mattia. And to go back to the mountain, one last time.



Massimo Donati
About the Author

Massimo Donati is a writer and a director for cinema and theatre. His movie Fuoriscena won a number of awards, including the Premio Speciale ai Nastri d’Argento 2014. He lives and works between Milan and Rome.

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About the Translator

Brigid Maher is senior lecturer in Italian Studies at La Trobe University in Melbourne and has translated several works of contemporary Italian writing into English.

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28 April 2020
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‘An enjoyable ride’

‘Brooding, atmospheric…A mesmerising tale.‘

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    ISBN: 9781925774375
    28 April 2020
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