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Without Blood

Translated by Ann Goldstein

In a farmhouse deep in the Italian countryside a horrifying act of violence occurs. The one family survivor from this vendetta is four-year-old Nina. And she lives only because of an extraordinary act of mercy.

Many years later, as a woman in her fifties, Nina meets her childhood saviour and revisits the events of that fateful night, events which have shaped her entire life.

Without Blood is a haunting novella about longing, memory and forgiveness from the much-loved author of Silk.

Alessandro Baricco
About the Author

Alessandro Baricco is the author of several works of fiction including, Ocean Sea, Silk, and City. He has won the Prix Médicis Étranger in France and the Selezione Campiello, Viareggio, and Palazzo del Bosco literary prizes in Italy. His international bestseller Silk has been translated into twenty-seven languages and is the basis of an opera by...

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3 May 2004
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Praise for Alessandro Baricco
andWithout Blood

‘Tantalising and effortlessly evocative. Written in spare, electrically charged prose, it is a haunting psychological study of violence and passion.’

‘Readers familiar with Baricco’s elegant and elegiac Silk won’t be surprised by the quality of fable here, the uncluttered style, and the unapologetic addressing of complex ideas.‘

‘This glittering fragment of a book…exerts a greater hold on the reader than seems possible, given its brief length, but it is completely satisfying. Baricco and his tiny novel will be around for a long time to come.’

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  • Without Blood
    ISBN: 9781921834615
    21 June 2012
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