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Maintenance of the Senses (La manutenzione dei sensi)

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Original Language: Italian | 250 pp. | February 2018

2 Seas Represents: Dutch and Nordic rights

Shortlisted for the Mario Rigoni Stern Prize 

On the 2nd print run

Rights sold: the Netherlands (Signatuur).

LITERARY FICTION

A book that overflows with humanity and authentic sensitivity, delicate and therapeutic as a stroll in the mountains.

At the crossroad between causality and destiny, Leonardo Guerrieri and Martino Rochard meet. Leonardo is a fifty-year old widowed with a brilliant past and a drifting future, and Martino Rochard a little boy, forced to face his own insecurities in solitude. Leonardo and Martino have different origins and ages, but the same secretive and taciturn character. Martino, in temporary foster care, does not ask, claim nor tell: he keeps to himself and never disturbs. He is diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome.

To escape the apathy that is about to enfold both of them, Guerrieri decides to move to a large, remote and isolated home, in the woods and high altitude pastures of the Piedmont Alps. It is right in the solitude of the mountains, gazing at the clouds and bringing the animals to the pasture, that they cultivate their own passions in contact with the simplest things and the most genuine people. There, the boy will find himself and his father a new serenity.

A reflection on the thin border between normality and unconventionality.

A novel about change, paternity, youth, in which father and son find their true dimension in contact with nature, rediscovering values ​​such as harmony and beauty.

A profound book, filled with evocative yet real atmospheres of alpine life, capable of curing the soul and giving new impetus to life.

A story of peaceful wisdom and poetry, that reintroduces the reader to a simple existence, made of small things.

Franco Faggiani, lives in Milan and has always been a journalist. He has worked as a reporter in some of the most crucial areas of the world. He has written about the economy, the environment, sports and, in recent years, food and wine. He has written sports books, guides, biographies, essays, and textbooks. He has always alternated his writings with long, solitary explorations of the mountains.