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LIGHT (working title)

Eleonora Marangoni

  • Original Title: LUX
  • Publication date: November 2018
  • Publisher: NERI POZZA
  • Country: IT
  • 251 print pages
  • Dramedy


  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: Italy, United Kingdom
  • Themes: FAMILY, Separation, PEOPLE facing life, Resilience, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Social relations, LOVE / HATE, Amorous urge, Solidarity, Obsession


When he inherits a piece of land with a hotel, an inactive volcano and 18 baobabs in Southern Italy, Thomas leaves London and spends some days there in order to sell the hotel. He meets the bizarre guests and, in a surreal and magical atmosphere, gradually deals with his past.


Winner of the 2017 Neri Pozza First Book prize.

Eleonora Marangoni is an Italian writer. She works in communication, publishing and web design.


The novel takes place on an island in the South Seas and the protagonist is a half-Italian half-English man. The novel deals with the “foreigner’s privilege”: the ease with which you can see yourself from the outside and maybe question yourself, when you are far from home.

Thomas G. Edwards is thirty years old, he lives in London and he has been in love with Sophie for seven years, even though their relationship lasted only for a few months. He discovers that he just inherited, from his Italian family, a piece of land with a hotel on a tiny island in the South of Italy. By the hotel, there is a freshwater spring, an inactive volcano and eighteen dwarf baobab trees. The Hotel Zelda is a shabby building inhabited by bizarre characters, some of them permanent residents, others passing through for who knows how long.

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