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BEFORE THE OTHERS TELL YOU (working title)

Marino Magliani

  • Original Title: PRIMA CHE TE LO DICANO GLI ALTRI
  • Publication date: August 2018
  • Publisher: CHIARELETTERE
  • Country: IT
  • 330 print pages
  • Crime fiction/Thriller

Information

  • Epoch: Mixed
  • Time Period: 20th century, 21st century
  • Location setting: Argentina, Italy
  • Themes: FAMILY, Paternity, Filiation, PEOPLE facing life, Search for the truth, Death, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Violence, Totalitarian regime, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Friendship

Pitch

A literary thriller set partly in Italy and partly in Argentia on the trails of a desaparecido.

Comments

This is wonderfully written, with a colourful and precise style, in which history and fiction elements meet.

Marino Magliani is an Italian writer and translator. In 2010, with the novel LA TANA DEGLI ALBERIBELLI, he won the Premio Frontiere - Biamonti, Pagine sulla Liguria. His novel PRIMA CHE TE LO DICANO GLI ALTRI won the Premio Selezione Bancarella 2019.

Summary

The novel is set in three different time frames. The first one is set during a summer in 1973 and is marked by the encounter between the protagonist, Leo, a child with no father, and Raul Porti, a young Italian-Argentinian man who bought a villa in the village in Liguria where this part is set. Between the two characters, a profound friendship blooms. It is for this reason that years later, Leo decides to buy the abandoned villa that Raul bought in 1974. Raul, the same year, disappears abruptly from the village and everyone loses his tracks. He said that he had to go back to Argentina for a land transcription. In 2004 Leo is a lonely man and with a simple life made of hunting and drinks with the other locals. The day when Raul’s villa goes for auction, Leo decides to buy it. Moreover, he decides to discover what happened to Raul, since the year spent with him was one of the few happy years of his own life.

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